South Energy have reached a significant milestone in the development process of two utility scale solar farms in the south-west of Western Australia. In support of Western Australia’s Energy Transformation Target, the Waroona Solar Farm and Benger Solar Farm were individually considered and approved by the Mid-West/Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) in November and the Southern JDAP in December of 2019 respectively.
After performing extensive research, community consultations and council meetings, the representative of the local Joint Development Assessment Panels had granted the applications subject to conditions. The 183MW Waroona Solar Farm will be located on a 308-hectare site, 11km out of Waroona or around 117km south of Perth. The Benger Solar Farm is positioned on roughly 180-hectares, about 15 kilometres out of Harvey.
These developments are expected to boost local economy in these regions 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 projects will provide local employment job opportunities in construction and ongoing maintenance.
The next important milestone for the projects 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 2021 and becoming fully operational by the end of 2022.