Top performing solar and wind assets of 2021

Aerial view of Merredin Solar Farm (top performing)
Merredin Solar Farm

David Dixon, senior analyst for renewables research at international consultancy firm Rystad Energy, has listed Australia’s top performing solar PV and wind assets.

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For utility PV, the top performing asset for the year was SUN Energy’s 100MW Merredin solar farm in Western Australia, followed by Adani Australia’s Rugby Run Stage 1 in Queensland and Neoen’s Griffith Solar farm in New South Wales.

APA Group’s Badgingarra wind farm in Western Australia was the top performing wind farm for 2021, followed by First Sentier Investors/Windlab’s Kiata wind farm in Victoria, and Palisade Investment Partners/First Sentier Investors Granville Harbor wind farm in TAS taking bronze.

“Utility PV and wind generation in Australia totalled 35,564GWh in 2021, with utility PV contributing 9,184 and wind 26,380. Utility PV and wind generation is up 22 per cent compared to 2020 (29,052GWh),” Dixon said.

“At a state level, Victoria was the largest generator of utility PV and wind generation in 2021 (9,767GWh), followed by New South Wales (8,819GWh) and South Australia in third (6,396GWh).”

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The top 10 listings for utility PV and wind can be seen in the graphic below:

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