EDF, coal miner Malabar form Aussie solar partnership

Solar panels. Image by: EDF Renewables.

September 16 (Renewables Now) - EDF Renewables, the green energy unit of French utility Electricite de France SA (EPA:EDF), has teamed up with Australian miner Malabar Resources to jointly develop large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in New South Wales.

The duo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that sets the stage for working on schemes in the Aussie state’s Upper Hunter Valley region, Malabar said on Thursday. It did not provide specific details about the planned projects.

Hunter Valley is one of four zones designated by the state government as suitable for renewable energy deployment.

Last year, Malabar secured consent to build its 25-MW Stage 1 Maxwell solar park on rehabilitated land near an underground coal mine at Maxwell in the Upper Hunter Valley. The company now says that the existing transmission infrastructure in the region provides an opportunity to “substantially increase” renewable energy generation in the area beyond 25 MW.

EDF Renewables has over 15 GW of wind and solar assets in its global portfolio and aims to grow its fleet to 60 GW by 2030.

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