Synergy appoints RCR for Greenough River solar farm expansion

Western Australia energy provider, Synergy, has appointed diversified engineering and infrastructure company PCR Tomlinson for construction and commissioning of a $60 million expansion to the Greenough River solar farm.

The 10MW Greenough River solar farm, located in Walkaway, Western Australia, was the country’s first utility-scale solar farm when it first opened in October 2012.

The clean, affordable and sustainable energy generated by the solar farm is being purchased by the Western Australia water corporation to help offset the energy requirements of the southern seawater desalination plant, near Binningup.

In November 2017, state-owned energy generator and retailer Synergy announced plans to expand the 10 MW Greenough River Solar Farm to 40 MW, as part of a joint venture with a private investor which included building a new Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba.

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

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The new contract appoints RCR for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the expanded solar farm, with an immediate project start and targeted completion in Q1, 2019.

“We are seeing increased activity in the renewable energy market in Western Australia and we are palced to service this from our position as market leader,” RCR managing director and CEO, Dr Paul Dalgleish said.

RCR is a diversified engineering and infrastructure company, working with some of the world’s leading organisations to provide intelligent engineering solutions to the infrastructure, energy and resources sectors.