Carnegie Clean Energy wants to add battery storage to the proposed 100 MW Mungari Solar Farm in Western Australia (Photo Credit: Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd.).
- Australia’s Carnegie Clean Energy has cleared a competitive process to be able to negotiate development of a solar farm in Western Australia
- It will now propose to build, own and operate a 100 MW plant, called the Mungari Solar Farm, which will be backed up with up to 20 MWh of battery storage
- The plant, if approved, will be installed within the buffer zone of the Mungari Strategic Industrial Area
- It will supply clean power to the gold mining region of Eastern Goldfields, which has been suffering from intermittent electricity supply issues
Australian energy company Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd. has won a competitive process in Western Australia that now allows it to negotiate a lease for 250 hectares of land to set up a solar power plant.
It will now negotiate with the Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) to allow it to build, own and operate a 100 MW solar farm. The proposed Mungari Solar Farm, if approved, will be located within the buffer zone of the Mungari Strategic Industrial Area (MSIA). The area is approximately 26 km south-west of Kalgoorlie and 13 km north-east of Coolgardie in Western Australia.
The farm will also include up to 20 MWh of battery storage. The company plans to supply clean energy to the Eastern Goldfields, which it says has significant electricity supply constraints. The Eastern Goldfields is a gold mining region in which mining companies are facing electricity supply issues. Having a solar farm in the vicinity would likely be a welcome change for the electricity users here.
“Carnegie has a strong track record of developing greenfield sites into shovel-ready renewable projects rapidly and responsibly, most recently with its Northam Solar Farm,” said Carnegie’s managing director, Dr. Michael Ottaviano. He stresses, “We are excited to play a role in the development of the Mungari Strategic Industrial Area … and look forward to working closely with local industries seeking sources of clean power generation, the state government, local governments and other key stakeholders in bringing this project to fruition.”
Recently, Carnegie’s wholly owned subsidiary Energy made Clean (EMC) and joint venture (JV) partner Lendlease Services were awarded a contract to supply and install a 5 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) facility for Western Power. It will integrate with wind, solar and the grid at Kalbarri to form the largest microgrid in Western Australia.