Power and water consulting firm Entura has been appointed by Delta Electricity to provide engineering services for the development of the proposed Vales Point power station solar farm.
Located near the Vales Point coal power station, on the southern shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales’ Central Coast, the solar photovoltaic facility is expected to be established on approximately 70 hectares of rehabilitated land.
An initial solar capacity assessment indicated the potential for up to 45MW of renewable energy to be generated by 170,000 solar panels.
Entura will deliver consulting services related to functional design, EPC specifications and grid-connection studies to advance the developmental work undertaken so far, and support Delta Electricity with progressing towards achieving financial closure for the project.
“Entura’s renewable energy credentials and expertise makes them the ideal partner to help us with advancing the development of the Vales Point solar farm and preparing it for financial closure,” Delta Electricity company secretary Steve Gurney said.
“This is an exciting project for Delta Electricity in terms of its scale and the potential for expansion down the track providing a significant contribution to state and federal government renewable energy targets.”
The proposed solar project is expected to involve a capital investment in excess of $30 million and generate 100 construction jobs.
Once environmental and development approvals are obtained, a final investment decision will be made and construction could commence in 2018.