Ratch to build 70MW Morwell Solar Farm in Victoria

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Ratch Australia is poised to build its second solar energy asset in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, having been granted planning permission.

Scheduled for operation in 2024, Morwell Solar Farm will be equipped with approximately 230,000 PV modules and across two sites totalling 170ha.

The company says the project will create 150 jobs during peak construction but has yet to secure a connection agreement and is subject to planning approval.

Ratch Australia took ownership of the project from original developer ARP Australian Solar. The solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 23,000 average Victorian households a year, saving more than 146,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

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Ratch Australia has a portfolio of 1.2GW of renewable energy projects and gas-fired power stations since it arrived in Australia in 2011. The Morwell solar farm is its second solar asset in the country, adding to the operational 42.5MW Collinsville Solar Farm in Queensland.

Ratch Australia plans to add a 5MW/30MWh battery storage component during the second stage of the Morwell project. Around 18,000 solar panels and four wind turbines will enable the operator to meet all of its electricity needs during peak periods and up to 60 per cent of its annual electricity consumption.

Construction of Morwell Solar Farm is expected to start around August and September this year, with the company seeking expressions of interest for an EPC contractor.

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