Enel won rights to develop the 34 MW Cohuna Solar Farm in Australia’s Victoria under a reverse auction conducted by the state government. It has now broken ground on the project and plans to use bifacial solar modules. Pictured is Enel’s Guadarranque Solar Power Plant in Spain. (Photo Credit: Enel SpA)
- Cohuna Solar Farm, being developed by Enel Green Power Australia and local developer Leeson Group, enters construction
- The $42 million project will use around 87,000 bifacial solar panels and will be connected to the local distribution grid through Cohuna Zone Substation
- On completion by the end of 2019, the solar farm is likely to generate 77 GWh of clean energy annually
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The renewable energy arm of Italian energy group Enel, Enel Green Power has started construction on the 34 MW Cohuna Solar Farm that will comprise bifacial solar modules. Coming up in the Shire of Gannawarra in the state of Victoria, the project will cost approximately $42 million.
Some 87,000 bifacial solar modules will be connected to the local distribution grid through the Cohuna Zone Substation. Enel Green power Australia secured a 15-year agreement with the state government after winning it under a reverse auction conducted by the state for 650 MW renewable capacity (see Victoria Awards 928 MW New RE Capacity). It will develop the project with local developer Leeson Group.
Expected to enter commercial operations by the end of 2019, Cohuna Solar Farm will generate around 77 GWh of clean energy annually.
Enel is not new to the Australian solar market. In April 2017, it invested in 275 MW Bungala Solar PV Project, the company’s first Australian PV plant, along with Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) (see Enel Invests In First Australian PV Project). In mid-2018, Enel energized the first 45 MW feeder of the 137.7 MW Bungala Solar One PV plant in South Australia, which is part of the 275 MW Bungala Solar PV Project.