Elecnor wins contract to build Australia’s largest solar PV farm

Spanish developer Elecnor has been awarded the $173 million EPC contract for the second phase of the Bungala Solar PV project.

The 220MW project, located in Port Augusta, will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia. It is also the largest built by Elecnor using this power generation technology.

Origin Energy has signed an agreement to buy all of the renewable power from the plant, which reached financial close in April.

“The contract for the 137MWp Bungala Two facility follows the award to Elecnor last April of the contract for the Bungala One plant,” Elecnor said in a statement.

“This latest contract win establishes Elecnor as the leading player in the Australian solar PV market.”

The project will have a capacity of 374MWp and will be rolled out in three phases.

The first two, Bungala One and Bungala Two, will each have installed power of 137MWp for a total of 275MWp. The remaining 100MWp are under development.

“Like its predecessor, Bungala One, Elecnor will build Bungala Two for the investment consortium comprising Enel Green Power and Dutch Infrastructure,” Elecnor said.

The solar plant will have more than 437,000 solar panels covering around 250 hectares and generating enough power to supply 39,000 homes.

Elecnor will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the plants for five years, a contract worth $17 million.

The project is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2019.

Elecnor developed the 20MW Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm in central Queensland.

The project was sold to Foresight in February.