June 5 (Renewables Now) - Australian electricity retailer Flow Power on Monday announced a deal to buy the output of a 50-MW portion of the Kiamal Solar Farm that is expected to be the largest one in Victoria.
The power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed with Total Eren SA, the French renewable energy company in which oil group Total SA (EPA:FP) owns a stake.
“This agreement secures our solar output for Victoria and we are also in final negotiations with projects for additional wind output in Victoria. New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland should follow soon after, completing our first phase of projects and seeing us out for the year,” said Flow Power’s managing director Matthew van der Linden.
The proposed Kiamal complex near Ouyen will be installed in two phases, with capacities of 200 MW and 150 MW, respectively, according to the project’s website. The off-take deal with Flow Power relates to its first phase.
Having secured approval from the Mildura Rural City Council last year, Total Eren plans to launch construction of the 200-MW facility in the middle of this year. It is estimated to take around 12 months to build it. The plant, using more than 700,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, is expected to be brought online in the summer of 2019.
At the end of May, the Australian business of global candy and pet food maker Mars said it will be buying the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the Kiamal project.