Bomen Solar Farm, New South Wales, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Mon Jul 06 2020 08:47:28 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100 MW
    generation capacity of the Bomen Solar Farm located near the Bomen industrial hub, approximately 7km northeast of the Wagga Wagga Central Business District. The project is also expected to have 40 MWh of battery storage.
  • 240 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 36,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 129,000
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 256
    hectares of land available for the project.
  • 310,000
    JinkoSolar’s bi-facial solar panels will be used and connected with SMA’s solar inverters and mounted on NEXTracker’s trackers.
  • 8
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Spark Infrastructure, Renew Estate (partly owned by Wirsol Energy), EPC and O&M: Beon Energy, PPA: Flow Power, Westpac Banking Corporation, Sydney Opera House, Molycab, City of Sydney council
  • $164 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • ?
    Expected start of construction with completion by 4Q2019. “All elements needed for development such as connection, procurement, offtake and financing are well advanced, and we will proceed with construction …shortly, “Renew Estate director Simon Currie said in a statement.
  • 16 Oct 2018
    Planning approval granted by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment. Photo: Renew Estate's project coordinator Chris Fitzpatrick at the Bomen site.
  • Dec 2018
    Flow Power announces it has signed a 10 year 'Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreements' PPA for 69 MW of the project's output. Leading wine maker Australian Vintage and iconic snack food manufacturer Snack Brands, will receive wholesale solar generation from the project through this PPA via Flow Power.
  • 17 Apr 2019
    Westpac announces a power purchase agreement (PPA) under which the bank will source 63 GWh of output annually from the project.
  • 17 Apr 2019
    Electricity network owner, Spark Infrastructure acquires the project from Renew Estate. Spark has 49% ownership interest in Victoria Power Networks that owns Beon. At the same time, it also has ownership interest of 15% in TransGrid.
  • 05 Jun 2019
    Under a 7 year deal negotiated with Flow Power, the Sydney Opera House will buy 16 GWh of wind and solar output a year from the Sapphire Wind Farm and the Bomen Solar Farm.
  • Aug 2019
    Australian subsidiary of mining manufacturer Molycop signs 10 year PPA with Flow Power for 100 GWh annually from Bomen and the Sapphire Wind Farm.
  • Aug 2019
    Construction commences. The 'golden row' of panels was installed to mark the occassion.
  • Oct 2019
    City of Sydney council announces it will source power from the project.
  • 17 Nov 2019
    Major milestone achieved with installation of the one millionth panel.
  • Nov 2019
    Spark Infrastructure announces construction is complete and project will now look to testing and commissioning.
  • 17 Mar 2020
    Project starts feeding into the national grid.