ACEN Australia, a unit of Philippine energy group ACEN Corporation (PSE:ACEN), said on Tuesday that it has issued its contractor a notice to proceed with the 400-MW/520-MWp Stubbo Solar project in New South Wales.
The EPC contract was awarded to Canada’s PCL Construction, which will also manage operation and maintenance services for the first two years of the solar farm’s operations. Australian infrastructure service provider Lumea signed an agreement with the renewables firm to connect the new plant.
The parent group ACEN is backing the Stubbo Solar project with an AUD-800-million (USD 553m/EUR 514.7m) commitment.
Stubbo Solar is located within the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone in the Mid-Western Regional Council region. Construction of the site access has recently started. PCL expects to begin the main works in 2023.
If all goes as planned, the solar farm should be operational in 2025, ACEN Australia said.
The development approval for the Stubbo Solar project also includes provisions for a 200-MWh battery energy storage system to be added in the future.
Stubbo Solar is the second utility-scale solar project for the Southeast Asian firm in Australia. Its New England Solar project in New South Wales is under construction, which is slated to wrap up in 2023. Including these two, ACEN Australia has more than 1,500 MW of projects under construction or at an advanced stage of development in the country, it says.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.691/EUR 0.643)
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