July 18 (Renewables Now) - Australia’s Capella Capital Pty Ltd has secured a contract from the country’s Department of Defence (DoD) to build 14 MW of solar arrays at two military bases in the Northern Territory.
This is the first solar power purchase agreement (PPA) project for DoD.
Capella Capital has partnered with infrastructure specialist Lendlease Services to develop and deliver the project at Robertson Barracks and RAAF Base Darwin. Lendlease will act as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the solar arrays and battery storage solution. After commissioning, Lendlease will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) activities.
Construction is slated to begin in the next two months so that it would be concluded in the first quarter of 2020.
Once in operation, the solar arrays will provide up to 40% of Robertson Barracks and RAAF Darwin’s electricity needs, Capella Capital said.