Beam­ing about farm

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Lynn Gri­er­son

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.

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