Two new major projects have been announced, with APA Group set to extend the existing Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in partnership with Alinta Energy for the Badgingarra Wind Farm, which will also include a 17.5MW solar farm.
The projects, which are expected to be commissioned in early 2019, will extend the original 12 year PPA by an additional five years to 2035. Alinta Energy will purchase all of the energy and the large-scale renewable generation certificates generated by both energy sources.
Financial close of the solar farm project is expected within the next few months, and is subject to finalisation of variations to the transmission connection agreement with Western Power to cater for the solar farm offtake.
“It’s always pleasing to extend the relationship and services provided to existing long term customers such as Alinta Energy. We’ve also worked closely with other key stakeholders including Western Power and the local community to bring this project to fruition,” said APA Group Managing Director, Mick McCormack.
“The 147.5MW combined Badgingarra wind and solar projects have complementary generation profiles. Like our adjoining Emu Downs wind and solar projects, the wind pattern in this region allows for the solar generation to utilise the existing substation and connection infrastructure.
“On completion, APA will have a renewable energy precinct capable of generating over 247.5MW of energy for the South West Interconnected System, Western Australia’s primary electricity grid,” Mr McCormack said.
Alinta Energy Managing Director and CEO, Jeff Dimery, said that the company is pleased to sign the initial power purchase agreement and extend it to the solar farm.
“Badgingarra’s total output forms a significant part our 1,000MW of renewables by 2020 target,” Mr Dimery said.