Utility-scale solar PV projects have been few and far between in Western Australia, with the largest to date the 10.6 MW array at the Degrussa copper mine. However, Sun Brilliance’s planned 100 MW installation is set to blow the others out of the water, after securing DAP approval to go ahead with the project.
The conditional approval has been granted by the JDAP of the Mid-West Wheatbelt region, however, the project still need to finalize funding, and a grid access agreement from Western Power.
Sun Brilliance secured 165 hectares of farming land for the project back in August, with the project originally planned as a 25 MW installation. However, rising prices for wholesale electricity and large-scale renewable energy certificates inspired Sun Brilliance to increase its size 4-fold.
The 100 MW plant is being developed in Cunderdin, east of Perth, and is being developed without a fixed power purchase agreement, or any additional government grants. Sun Brilliance is hoping that the financial closure for the plant will be completed by the end of the year, in time for construction to begin in January 2017.
The company is hoping that the construction will be completed in 2017, and will begin commercial operation by the end of next year. Once it is completed, it will be the largest PV installation in Western Australia.