Amp Energy strikes land deal for Australian solar-storage site

By Charlie Duffield
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
The Molong Solar Farm in New South Wales, owned by Amp Energy. Image: GRS Energy.

Renewables developer Amp Energy has signed a land deal with an aboriginal community group in Australia, allowing the development of a utility-scale solar-storage project.

Amp has signed the deal with Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation (BADC) for the site, located in Whyalla, South Australia, which is to house the 388MW Yoorndoo Illga solar farm and hybridised 150MW battery energy storage system (BESS).

The lease agreement relates to land recently secured by BDAC in accordance with the terms of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the South Australian Government, which followed the recognition of the Barngarla People as native title holders of large parts of the Upper Spencer Gulf and Eyre Peninsula.

The Yoorndoo Ilga Solar Farm is one of three sites announced by Amp with the establishment of the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia (REHSA) in May 2021.

Total investment in the Whyalla region of South Australia would exceed $500 million.

The BDAC Board is overwhelmingly supportive of this deal, stating: “This is a history making deal and we look forward to Amp developing these projects on our traditional lands, which we now own in fee simple.

“We look forward to the benefits of this project to our members and to the broader community of Whyalla overall. Barngarla are proud to be part of the renewable energy revolution in Whyalla and could not think of better partners than Amp and EPS to bring this project to fruition.”

Dean Cooper, executive vice president and head of Amp Australia, said: ”Amp recognises the significant history and culture of the Barngarla People as traditional owners of the land and sincerely appreciate the support and trust bestowed upon Amp.”

Amp’s expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform owned by Amp, which provides a disruptive and interoperable grid edge digital platform.

Amp X includes an artificial intelligence powered virtual power plant capability, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of BESS assets across the grid. 

It comes as the appetite has been growing in Australia for utility-scale solar and storage, with a plan to establish Australia’s largest renewable energy zone (REZ) in the state of New South Wales (NSW) receiving an overwhelming level of interest, with projects representing 34GW of capacity submitted.

6 October 2021
The future is bright for a new era of US solar and storage, and the 8th annual Solar & Storage Finance Summit will provide opportunities to discuss solutions to the industry’s challenges and provide a networking platform designed to bring together the top minds in the industry to do business. With a mix of high-level, informative presentations and panels, a stellar cast of speakers and audience members with deal-making capacity, the 2021 edition of the event will be a sell-out success.

Read Next

PV Tech Premium
September 24, 2021
Concerns have been raised that new measures introduced by Spain’s government to limit windfall profits of renewable energy plants could dent investor confidence and impact the stability of the country’s solar sector.
September 23, 2021
A project that bids to combine up to 20GW of solar PV with the world’s largest energy storage battery and a 4,200km-long subsea power cable has moved a step forward after Indonesian authorities greenlit its proposed transmission cable route.
September 23, 2021
Arizonan utility Salt River Project (SRP) and renewables company Clēnera have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the CO Bar Solar project that is expected to deliver between 440-480MW of power
September 20, 2021
Australian companies plan to spend AUS$5.1 billion (US$3.7 billion) on offshore gas exploration over the next six years, which is enough to develop 2.5GW of renewables capacity and generate close to 5,000 jobs
September 20, 2021
Mining company Rio Tinto has revealed plans for a new solar project and battery energy storage system that will help to decarbonise an off-grid mine in the Australian state of Queensland.
September 17, 2021
US utility company Dominion Energy Virginia has proposed 15 new energy projects totalling 1GW of power for the state, which Dominion Energy claimed was the largest group of projects to be submitted to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC)

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
October 19, 2021
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021