WIRSOL Energy rebranded as Gentari Solar Australia

Aerial image of Clermont Solar Farm (flow ppa)
WIRSOL's Clermont Solar Farm

Malaysian renewables developer Gentari has officially rebranded WIRSOL Energy following the completion of its acquisition, under the name Gentari Solar Australia.

Gentari Solar Australia currently has 422MW in gross installed capacity and 765MW in potential capacity within its late-stage project pipeline.

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Andrew Barson leads as its CEO, with a mandate to grow the company’s solar capacity and BESS capability in the country. Among the projects that Barson is overseeing are the Maryvale Solar and Energy Storage Project in New South Wales and the Barnawartha Solar and Energy Storage Project in Victoria, both expected to reach FID soon with a combined capacity of over 500MW.

“Gentari Solar Australia will be key in achieving our ambition to accelerate clean energy adoption. In the immediate term, we will leverage our Australian assets as a building block to drive growth in utility-scale solar capacity and battery storage capability, towards increasing the share of renewables in Australia’s power generation mix. Looking further ahead, Gentari will also explore other clean energy technologies including wind power in Australia,” Gentari’s chief renewables officer Low Kian Min said.

“In light of Australia’s market maturity and strong potential, coupled with an open access grid that offers opportunities for diversification, underpinned by supportive government policies and a robust financing ecosystem, we are looking at optimising our solar energy resources while exploring wind generation and other technologies to supply green energy for hydrogen production in the future. Beyond this, we are also interested in developing commercial capabilities and are monitoring opportunities in green mobility in the country,” he added.

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Gentari’s current operations in Australia adds 422MW of gross installed capacity to the company’s overall renewable energy portfolio, joining over 1GW of capacity in Malaysia and India. In the longer term, Gentari’s planned growth in Australia, targeted to contribute more than 5GW towards achieving its 2030 ambition of 30-40GW globally, will be driven primarily by solar and wind operational assets.

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