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Bomen solar farm in Australia now fully operational

Renew Economy:

The new 100MW Bomen solar farm north-east of Wagga Wagga has been given the all-clear by the Australian Energy Market Operator and the local transmission grid owner TransGrid to operate at full capacity.

The transition to full commercial operation for the Bomen solar farm has been swift and apparently uneventful, particularly compared to the issues that have faced projects elsewhere in the grid, particularly west of Wagga Wagga in south west NSW and in north-west Victoria, but also in other parts of the grid.

Bomen is now owned by Spark Infrastructure, the first major generation project bought by the company that owns distribution networks in Victoria and South Australia, as well as a 15 per cent stake in TransGrid.

Spark bought Bomen solar farm from Energy Estate in April 2019. Construction began in June last year, reaching mechanical completion in late January 2020. Energisation was completed on 27 February 2020 and commissioning commenced in late February.

The $180 million solar farm is expected to generate  annual revenues of approximately $13.5 million on average for the first five years, and won’t be faced with the same constraints that are likely to be imposed on more and bigger solar farms on the weaker part of the grid on the other side of Wagga Wagga.

Other mostly completed large scale renewable energy projects in the same area have had their connections delayed by up to a year, while others have been warned to wait up to 7 years for a connection. Now, even more solar farms are being warned that they will have their output curtailed to avoid the risk of “voltage collapse” on the network on the western side of Wagga Wagga.

[Giles Parkinson]

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