Construction begins on 34MW solar plant

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Enel Green Power Australia (EGP) has begun construction on its 34MW Cohuna Solar Farm in the Shire of Gannawarra, Victoria.

The Cohuna Solar Farm is set to enter into commercial operation by the end of 2019 and is expected to generate up to 77 GWh each year, avoiding the annual emission of around 71,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The solar farm, approximately 8km south of the town of Cohuna, already has more than $US42 million in investment.

Head of Enel Green Power, Antonio Cammisecra, said “Cohuna’s zero-emission energy will be produced using highly efficient bifacial panels, which will maximise our support to the State of Victoria in the pursuit of its renewable energy targets.”

The new solar project, which will be composed of around 87,000 bifacial modules, will be connected to the local distribution grid through the Cohuna Zone Substation.

This project is backed by a 15-year support agreement with the State of Victoria for the generation of energy and green certificates. The agreement was awarded to Enel Green Power Australia through a renewable energy reverse auction launched by Victoria in November 2017 for 650MW of renewable capacity, of which 100MW was earmarked for solar.

The tender is part of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target to source 25 per cent of its electricity production from renewables by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.

Enel Green Power Australia, in a joint venture with Dutch Infrastructure Fund, also owns the 275 MW Bungala Solar PV Project, which is located near Port Augusta, South Australia, and is the largest solar facility currently producing energy in the country.

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