Beaming about farm
ENERGY Minister and Treasurer Ben Wyatt broke new ground on Tuesday at the sod turning ceremony of the Northam Solar Farm project.
The 10 MW power station is the largest solar project developed by Carnegie Clean Energy and the first utility renewable energy project to be developed on a “merchant” basis in WA, where power is not contracted under a longterm off-take agreement.
It is also the first renewable investment by Indigenous Business Australia and Bookitja.
Carnegie managing direc- tor Michael Ottaviano said the renewable investment partnership was a ground-breaking enterprise.
“The Northam Solar Farm has been developed as a template for future projects where Carnegie receives value from multiple revenue streams, including electricity sales and project construction, operating and maintenance,” he said.
Carnegie is the asset manager and retains a 50 per cent interest in the solar farm.
The project is scheduled for completion later this year, when it will begin selling power into the WA grid.
Mr Wyatt said the solar farm demonstrated the potential in WA to take advantage of technological advances in the energy sector.
“We can create regional opportunities built around cleaner, cheaper renewable power,” he said.
Dr Michael Ottaviano with Elder Cedric Jacobs from the Perth Noongar Foundation and Energy Minister Ben Wyatt.