- Frontier Energy has announced 114 MW DC Bristol Springs Solar Project in Western Australia
- Project has potential to be expanded to 490 MW DC with additional land acquisition opportunities and grid connection to SWIS
- The company has raised AUD 8 million which will enable it to develop the facility further
Australia’s Frontier Energy Limited is developing a 114 MW DC solar energy project in Western Australia calling it the 1st step in its strategy to transition from a minerals extracting company to an integrated clean energy firm.
Formerly known as Superior Lake Resources, Frontier Energy says the Bristol Springs Solar Project (BSS) close to the Port of Bunbury near Waroona, is designed initially to produce 114 MW DC with potential to be expanded to around 490 MW DC since additional land acquisition opportunities are available.
The project is in receipt of a development approval from the state authorities is currently progressing on the electricity transfer access contract (ETAC) with Western Power. Once the ETAC is secured, it will be able to grid connect the facility to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).
“The renewable energy industry offers significant growth opportunities, particularly to support nearby aluminium mining and the Collie and Kwinana industrial precincts, all of which require massive decarbonization,” said Frontier Energy’s Managing Director Mike Young. “This is why we decided to transition from mining exploration and focus on clean energy opportunities.”
Young added that the company is keen to explore green hydrogen production in the future along with wind energy and storage, while investing in other solar projects.
It has recommenced trading on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) following ‘strong demand’ for an AUD 8 million ($9 million) capital raise for the BSS facility. Funds from the proceeds will be deployed to develop the BSS project among its other uses.