16 March 2022

More solar power slated for SA

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Amp Power Australia (Amp) is developing two energy projects north of Adelaide and is looking to engage with local entrepreneurs and businesses to assist with the supply of renewable energy in South Australia. 

The Robertstown and Bungama projects are part of Amp’s flagship Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia. 

The larger of the two projects is at Robertstown for an approved 500 MW utility scale solar photovoltaic and battery storage plan, which will connect to the national grid through ElectraNet’s Robertstown Substation. 

Amp will develop the Robertstown site on approximately 1800 hectares of agricultural land about 115 kilometers north-east of Adelaide.  

Robertstown’s generating capacity will ultimately be equivalent to: 

  • powering 144,000 homes each year 
  • taking 362,500 cars off the road 
  • reducing 815,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas each year 
  • planting 116,500 trees. 

The Bungama project is an approved 280 MW utility scale solar photovoltaic and battery storage plant, about a 150 km northwest of the Robertstown project, and about 6kms east of Port Pirie. It will connect to the national grid through the Bungama substation. 

The project, to be developed on about 530 hectares of agricultural land, will include a 150MW battery energy storage system. 

Bungama’s generating capacity will ultimately be equivalent to: 

  • powering 86,000 homes each year 
  • taking 195,000 cars off the road 
  • reducing 497,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas each year 
  • planting 70,000 trees. 

Together, the projects will meet about 2% of the Federal Government objective under the Renewable Energy Target Scheme which has an annual target of 33,000 GW hours of electricity from renewable sources. 

Construction work packages for both projects will cover additional infrastructure such as internal access tracks, offices, workshop sheds, fences and drainage.  

There will also be opportunities during the operational phase, such as regular inspections, panel cleaning, vegetation management, componentry servicing and infrastructure maintenance.  

Each project is expected to generate about 275 full-time equivalent jobs in the construction phase.  

Amp is currently calling for expressions of interest from local suppliers in a range of work packages for both Bungama and Robertstown projects. 

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