Iberdrola has started the construction of its first renewable energy project in Australia, after the friendly acquisition of Infigen Energy, one of the country’s key developers of renewable energy projects.
Located in South Australia, Port Augusta is thus far its first solar-wind hybrid plant in the world, with an investment of A$ 500 million.
This renewable facility will combine 210 MW wind with 107 MW photovoltaic technologies and once in operation it will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 180,000 Australian homes per year.
In total around 200 jobs will be supported during construction until the project is commissioned in 2021.
In recent months Iberdrola has signed major contracts for the Port Augusta project with Vestas for the supply and installation of 50 wind turbines with a 4.2 MW capacity and Longi for nearly 250,000 solar PV panels.
Elecnor will construct the storage areas and access roads, as well as delivering the export transmission line, the substation and wind farm Balance of Plant.
Sterling & Wilson will construct the solar farm.
“The company’s commitment to the Australian market while continuing to bet on clean energies as a way out of the current crisis caused by the pandemic.”Iberdrola country manager, Fernando Santamaría.