SSE Australia is the infrastructure provider for the plant and is working on it with a number of key partners including Whyalla City Council, the South Australian government, BYD energy storage solutions and local contractors.
SSE has been manufacturing quality solar infrastructure since 1997 in China. In 2010, SSE Australia began delivering the same high level of service to Australian businesses. SSE is currently the only solar company in Australia that can deliver both commercial and utility-scale solar equipment and infrastructure.
Whyalla is the perfect place for a solar farm because it has some of the best solar reserves in the world, with around 300 days of bright sun each year.
Whyalla is commonly known as the ‘steel city’ because of its strong steel industry and its history of iron ore production. But it is fast moving toward becoming the ‘solar capital’ because of its idyllic solar farming conditions.
The Whyalla Solar Farm promises a number of benefits to the community, in the form of jobs and a steady stream of funds into the local economy throughout the project.
South Australia is the national leader in renewable energy. Projects like this are helping the state reach its target of 50 per cent of energy use from renewables by 2050.
The project will help to create a sustainable clean energy source that is reliable and stable, help keep consumer energy costs down and help solve South Australia’s power supply shortages.
Investors can expect healthy returns over the years. The Whyalla solar plant is a centralised ground mount solar system which transmits its output directly to the national grid. As solar power has much lower operating costs than traditional power generators needed for coal-fired plants, SSE estimates a minimum 7 per cent annual return on investment (ROI).
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