The $50 million venture has already begun development and is anticipated to start operations in late 2023, and can provide energy to Orora Ltd and its glass manufacturing facility in Gawler.
“Mannum receives constant daylight in a robust area of the grid presenting a major alternative to generate solar energy to satisfy the rising wants of business prospects as they transition to renewables,” Epic Vitality CEO Clive D’Cruz mentioned in an announcement.
“Orora would be the foundational buyer for Mannum Photo voltaic Farm’s second stage below a longterm settlement to assist meet the vitality and sustainability necessities of its Gawler glass manufacturing facility.”
Orora CEO Brian Lowe says the photo voltaic farm contract will assist the corporate obtain a 40 per cent discount in greenhouse gasoline emissions for Scope 1 and a couple of by 2035, and is looking for so as to add each wind and photo voltaic vitality sources to its combine.
“We’re additionally dedicated to driving vitality effectivity in our operations,” Lowe mentioned. “We had been one of many first firms in Australia to underwrite renewable belongings via long run energy buy agreements, which have enabled renewable belongings to be funded and developed.
The Mannum stage two venture will use bifacial photo voltaic panels, Sungrow inverters and a single-axis monitoring system. Building and the primary two years of operations and upkeep shall be managed by Enzen Australia.
Epic Vitality, which additionally operates a gasoline pipeline community within the state, and provides gasoline to the Orara facility, purchased the primary stage of Mannum in late 2020, and the second stage in August this yr, each from the unique developer Canadian Photo voltaic.
Epic says the businesses are taking a look at including a battery vitality storage system as effectively, and Epic is additionally seeking to enhance its wind portfolio past its current Timboon West and Yaweong wind farms, with one other 120MW pipeline to be developed in Victoria.