Tailem Bend Solar Farm, South Australia, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sat Jun 13 2020 23:26:54 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 95 MW
    generation capacity of Vena Energy's Tailem Solar Farm located in Tailem Bend on the Murray River in South Australia.
  • 200 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 40,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 200
    hectares of land south-east of the town at a Lime Kiln Road property already owned by Snowy Hydro Limited.
  • 390,000
    Jinko solar panels used. The project will feature single-axis tracking technology, which is more efficient in capturing the sun's energy than fixed solar PV. In addition, 54 Schneider inverters installed on site.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: Vena Energy (formerly Equis Energy) 2) EPC and O&M: UGL 3) PPA: Snowy Hydro (Lumo Energy).
  • $200 million
    estimated project cost - joint investment by Australian hydro and diesel energy developer Snowy Hydro and Asian independent renewable energy developer and investor Equis.
  • 250
    peak jobs during construction phase; over 50% were local workers.
  • 3 - 5
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2Q 2017
    Planned start of construction with completion expected in mid 2018.
  • 14 Feb 2018
    Project achieves financial close having signed a PPA for 100% of its output with Snowy Hydro. The long-term power purchase agreement with Snowy Hydro includes a “zero price” clause - this means the off-taker will not pay for the output of the solar farm at the contracted price if the market price falls into negative territory.
  • 16 Feb 2018
    UGL - a CIMIC Group company - awarded contracts by Equis Energy (now Vena Energy) to build and maintain project. The project will generate revenue to UGL of approximately $170 million and is due to commence in early 2018, with power generation to the grid expected in 2019. UGL will undertake the engineering, procurement and construction of the project, including the associated substation and, critically, will provide the internal expertise to ensure the project is integrated successfully into the electricity network. Once operational, UGL will provide the operation and maintenance services for a five-year period.
  • Apr 2018
    Commencement of construction.
  • 04 Feb 2019
    Project obtains generation licence from the state’s regulator and plans to start commissioning the project in a few weeks, with full production scheduled for mid April.
  • 04 Mar 2019
    Project starts feeding power into the grid.
  • 29 May 2019
    Official opening of the project. Earlier the project achieved its first generation in February as part of a staged testing and commissioning process. This is Vena Energy's first Australian project.
  • Sep 2019
    The project become the first renewable project of its kind to be granted approval for self-forecast generation by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The milestone makes Tailem Bend the first semi-dispatched renewable energy project in the National Electricity Market in Australia to switch from AEMO’s forecasting tool to a self-forecasting model.