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Renewable energy company ACEN Australia is pleased to announce it has awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract for the construction of the 520 MWdc (400 MWac) Stubbo Solar project to PCL Construction (PCL).
PCL is an experienced and diverse construction partner that delivers complete solar energy solutions in Australia, the United States, and Canada. PCL has been engaged to deliver all aspects of the solar project and is responsible for the detailed design, engineering, and procurement of Stubbo Solar. PCL will also manage ongoing operation and maintenance services in the first two years of operations.
Notice to Proceed has now been issued to PCL for the commencement of Stubbo Solar. This means all major contracts are now in place, following the recently signed connection agreement with infrastructure service provider Lumea, the execution of PV module supply contracts, and also a commitment from parent company ACEN of $800M for the construction of the project.
Sech Zabaleta, chief development officer for ACEN, said, “We are pleased to have reached this next milestone in bringing the Stubbo Solar project to life. It is a critical part of ACEN’s goal of reaching 20GW of renewable energy by 2030, but importantly, Stubbo Solar will contribute to NSW’s energy security and Australia’s transition to a clean energy future.”
Tim Greenaway, construction manager for ACEN Australia, said, “It is exciting to finalize the EPC with PCL Construction for the development of the Stubbo Solar project. We look forward to working with them over the next several years to deliver the project and help support the transition to a low-emission generation supply in NSW.”
“We would like to thank our project landholders, First Nations partners, neighbours, and the local community for their support over the planning and assessment stage of the project and look forward to continuing these relationships into construction.”
The 520 MWdc (400 MWac) solar project is located within the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone in the Mid-Western Regional Council region and will connect to the existing 330 kV network between Wollar and Wellington. The project will produce enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 185,000 average Australian homes. The project’s development approval also includes provisions for a 200 MWh battery energy storage system, allowing for the project to, later on, be adapted to dispatch energy when it is most needed during peak hours and provide important grid stability services.
Stubbo Solar was granted development consent in 2021. Construction of the site access recently commenced, with the construction of the main works by PCL expected to start in 2023. All going to plan, the project will be operational in 2025.
“We look forward to designing and building this important solar project for ACEN Australia,” said Gopi Govindraj, PCL Construction’s country manager. “Stubbo Solar will be another example of our team’s expertise and will showcase our commitment to delivering success for our clients while exceeding their expectations.”
Stubbo Solar is expected to create up to 400 jobs during construction and up to 10 ongoing jobs, generating many contracting opportunities for local businesses. Wherever possible, workers and businesses from the local and regional areas will be prioritized for employment and contracting opportunities to help maximize the benefits for local communities.
Stubbo Solar is ACEN Australia’s second utility-scale solar project in construction. Its New England Solar project in NSW’s New England Renewable Energy Zone is due to complete construction in 2023 and is one of Australia’s largest solar projects to be participating in the National Electricity Market.
ACEN Australia has more than 1.5 GW of projects under construction or at an advanced stage of development, including the New England Battery, Stubbo Solar, and Valley of the Winds projects in the NSW New England and Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zones, as well as the Robbins Island and Jim’s Plain Wind project in North-West Tasmania.
ACEN is the listed energy platform of the Philippine diversified group Ayala, with an 18 GW development portfolio throughout the Asia Pacific region.