Enel breaks ground on Oz PV
Construction underway at 138MW Bungala 1 project in South Australia
Enel Green Power and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund have started construction of the 137.7MW Bungala Solar 1 photovoltaic plant in South Australia.
The project, which is located near Port Augusta, is the first part of the 275MW Bungala PV scheme.
It will cover approximately 300 hectares and comprise about 420,000 polycrystalline modules mounted on single-axis trackers that will follow the Sun from east to west.
Electricity will be delivered to the grid via the Emeroo and Davenport substations near Port Augusta, Enel said.
Work on the second stage of the project is expected to start by the end of 2017 and the whole facility is expected to be fully operational by the start of 2019.
Enel will invest approximately US$157m in the 275MW project, with total investment amounting to US$315m financed through a mix of equity and project finance with a consortium of local and international banks.
The solar farm has a long-term power purchase agreement with Australian utility Origin Energy.