South Energy have reached a significant milestone in the development process of a utility scale solar farm in the south-west of Western Australia. In support of Western Australia’s Energy Transformation Target, the Benger Solar Farm was considered and approved by the Southern Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in December of 2019.
After performing extensive research, community consultations and council meetings, the representative of the local JDAP had granted the planning application subject to conditions. The Benger Solar Farm is positioned on roughly 180-hectares, about 15 kilometres out of Harvey.
These development is expected to boost local economy and contribute to maintaining electricity supply for WA, in light of the retirement of the ageing conventional fossil-fuel power stations in the coming years. The project will provide local employment job opportunities in construction and ongoing maintenance.
The next important milestone for the project is securing grid connection. We are actively working with Western Power and expect to provide updates in the coming months.
Upon securing all necessary permits, South Energy anticipates commencing solar farm construction in 2023 and becoming fully operational by the end of 2024.
Visit bengersolar.com.au to find out more about this project.