Synergy enters into JV for WA energy projects

The WA government has approved state-owned energy generator and retailer, Synergy, to enter into a joint venture with a private sector investor to build the new Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba.

The final capacity size of the project, which can be developed up to 250MW, will be determined on completion of the engineering, procurement and construction contract tendering process that is currently underway.

Synergy and its partner will also jointly develop Stage 2 of the Greenough River Solar Farm south of Geraldton to increase its capacity from 10MW to 40MW.

WA Energy Minister Ben Wyatt said Western Australia has a great future in renewables.

“The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring there is a sustainable plan for the state’s transition to a cleaner energy future and in such a way that is fiscally responsible with minimal impact to electricity consumers and taxpayers,” he said.

“I am delighted to announce the McGowan Government has delivered a plan to ensure the state meets its 2020 renewable energy commitments.

“We will also create about 200 new construction jobs in regional Western Australia through securing the development of Stage 2 of the Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton and Warradarge Wind Farm near Eneabba.”

This joint initiative will ensure Synergy meets its Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) obligations through local projects and will create about 200 new construction jobs.

Under Commonwealth legislation, the LRET scheme requires 33,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy to be produced nationally by 2020 and those levels maintained until 2030.