September 14 (SeeNews) - Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208) is looking towards breaking ground on its 20-MW White Rock solar project in Australia in early 2017 after securing a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The solar farm, to be located next to the White Rock wind farm currently under construction in New South Wales, could be fully operational by the end of next year, the company said last week.
The AUD-45-million (USD 33.6m/EUR 30.6m) White Rock solar farm is among the 12 projects totalling about 480 MW that were awarded grants as part of ARENA's large-scale solar round. A total of AUD 92 million of grant funding was allocated. Goldwind's project won AUD 6 million.
The wind turbine maker said that work on the solar scheme was accelerated to take advantage of the ARENA funding round and obtained development consent in mid-June. The solar system will benefit from sharing part of the wind farm infrastructure, including the grid connection.
Construction of the 175-MW first stage of the White Rock wind park was launched in May. The project is owned by China's CECEP Wind-Power Corp (SHA:601016) with a 75% stake and Goldwind.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.747/EUR 0.679)