Bungala Solar Farm, South Australia, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sun Mar 13 2022 21:50:24 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 220 MW
    generation capacity of the Bungala Solar Farm located approximately 7 km north-east of the South Australian city of Port Augusta. It has been developed in 2 phases of 110 MW each. Additional 80 MW of capacity could be built – along with battery storage – should the project win a South Australian government tender for 25% of its electricity needs with “dispatchable” renewables.
  • 570 GWh
    electricity that can be generated from the farm each year. The power generated will travel underground from 2.5MW SMA inverter stations via 33kV feeders to the 33kV solar farm substation. This, in turn, will connect to ElectraNet’s high voltage transmission network via a dedicated 132kV line between Davenport substation and the new Emeroo substation. From the 33/132kV network Emeroo substation, new, above ground 132kV transmission lines will deliver the power to the grid.
  • 82,000
    estimated number of homes that the project can power at full capacity.
  • 520,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 800 hectares
    area of land owned by Bungala Aboriginal Corporation (a former ostrich farm), on which the power plant will be built. An application for development approval was submitted by Reach Solar in Sep 2016.
  • 860,000
    JinkoSolar's high efficiency solar panels will be used. The project will feature single-axis tracking technology, which is more efficient in capturing the sun's energy than fixed solar PV.
  • 6
    major organisations involved: 1) Project developer: Reach Solar, Enel Green Energy and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund 2) EPC contractor: Green Light Contractors (subsidiary of Elecnor), Enerven 3) PPA: Origin Energy.
  • $450 million
    Estimated project cost (for 220 MW). $320 million raised as project finance debt. Equity sold to Enel Green Power (US$157 million) and Dutch Infrastructure Fund.
  • 350
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 03 Dec 2016
    Development approval secured.
  • 11 Dec 2016
    Green Light Contractors (subsidiary of Elecnor) appointed as the Engineer, Procure and Contract (EPC) contractor and will be responsible for all design, procurement, construction and associated works for the solar facility and the 33kV solar farm substation. Enerven will be responsible for the design and construct of all the high voltage electrical infrastructure, which essentially connects the solar farm to the grid.
  • 16 Feb 2017
    Power Purchase Agreement signed with Origin Energy for both Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  • Mar 2017
    Adelaide headquartered energy and infrastructure company, Enerven, commences work on design and construction of all the high voltage electrical infrastructure, which essentially will connect the solar farm to the grid.
  • 07 Apr 2017
    Financial closure secured. Reach Energy, the farms original owners/developers agreed to sell it to two of Europe’s biggest investors in renewables, Italy’s Enel Green Energy and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund.
  • Jul 2017
    The purchase of Bungala Solar Two by Enel and DIF reached financial close.
  • 3Q2018
    Expected completion of construction of both Phase I with Phase II slotted to complete by early 2019.
  • 08 Oct 2017
    Enel announces that it has received final approval for the farm.
  • 08 Oct 2017
    Construction of Stage I commences.
  • Jan 2018
    First set of panels in place. Photo credits: Josh Sundqvist.
  • 15 May 2018
    Stage 1 of the project starts feeding into the grid.
  • 31 Jul 2018
    Enerven announces commissioning of its project that involved connecting both Stage 1 and Stage 2 to the grid. Works included, but not limited to, augmentation at ElectraNet’s Davenport substation and 13km of 132kV overhead lines.
  • 21 Jun 2018
    JinkoSolar completes delivery of all panels needed for Stage 2.
  • 05 Oct 2018
    Workers walk off job at the site over labour hire dispute. Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has concerns about drug use and poor conditions on site. 50 of 350 employees failed drug testing
  • 31 Oct 2018
    Origin announces the commencement of commissioning for Stage 2. The 110 MW, second phase of the project starts feeding electricity into the grid.
  • 31 Dec 2019
    The 110 MW is yet to reach full production due to "technical problems" at the connection point detected during the commissioning phase way back in Oct 2018.
  • Sep 2020
    Spokesperson for joint owner Enel Green Power confirms to Renew Economy via an emailed statement: “Bungala 2 Solar Farm is currently in the final stages of grid compliance testing. We are working with relevant stakeholders and agencies to complete the commissioning process.”