Pacific Partnerships signs PPA with Victorian Govt

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Infrastructure developer Pacific Partnerships has secured a long-term contract with the State of Victoria for the sale of solar power from Glenrowan Solar Farm in northern Victoria.

Through its energy business Pacific Partnerships Energy, the firm will continue to develop Glenrowan Solar Farm, with CIMIC Group company UGL undertaking construction, operations and maintenance.

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Pacific Partnerships tendered for the agreement under the Victorian Renewable Energy Target 2 (VRET2) reverse auction process, designed to support the State achieving its legislated renewable energy target of 50% by 2030. 

Pacific Partnerships managing director Simon Nicholls said, “The power purchase agreement for Glenrowan Solar Farm unlocks local benefits for jobs, business and community initiatives.

“As part of our Community Engagement and Social Benefit Sharing Plan, we are establishing a Community Reference Group to develop opportunities with local residents, businesses and community groups.” 

The 245ha solar farm will generate an installed capacity of up to 130MWdc/102MWac and will connect to the existing nearby Glenrowan Terminal Substation. It is expected to generate electricity equivalent to powering approximately 45,000 Australian homes. 

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Glenrowan Solar Farm has grid connection and services agreements with the Victorian transmission network operator (AusNet) and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

UGL is currently undertaking early works for the project, including design, procurement and construction planning with operations and renewable energy generation expected to commence from the end of 2023. 

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