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Risen Energy has announced the expansion of it’s ten-year renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) for Merredin Solar Farm in an effort to reduce emissions from BHP Nickel West’s Kalgoorlie Smelter.

The PPA expansion from 20MW to 50MW, with 30MW is expected to reduce the Scope 2 emissions of BHP Nickel West’s Kalgoorlie Smelter by 30 per cent. 

An initial 20MW will be directed to BHP Nickel West’s Kwinana Refinery and will cover up to 50 per cent of its electricity use with solar power generated by Risen Energy’s Merredin Solar farm. 

BHP Nickel West Asset President, Jessica Farrell, said, “Increasing our offtake from 20 to 50 per cent from Risen’s Merredin solar farm will enable us to reduce our emissions from electricity use at the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter by 30 per cent. 

“This is another example of the steps we are taking to reduce emissions across our operations – 30 per cent by 2030 and net zero by 2050. Sustainable low carbon nickel is essential for our battery and electric vehicle customers.”

Risen Energy Australia’s Managing Director, Eric Lee, said, “We appreciate the trust BHP Nickel West has placed in us and Merredin Solar Farm and we are grateful for the opportunity to further provide clean energy for their operations. 

“This collaboration demonstrates Risen’s position as an industry-leading solar energy solutions provider and it is also a significant step for us as we work towards establishing more clean energy collaborations with reputable organisations committed to Australia’s efforts to decarbonise.”

Mr Lee added that Risen has a few projects in the pipeline and that the organisation is well on track to achieve their goal of being a leading developer in solar and battery energy storage solutions.

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