Vena Energy Australia has announced the completion of its 95-megawatt Tailem Bend Solar Project in Adelaide, South Australia.
Tailem Bend joins Bungala Solar Farm near Port Augusta as one of the first large-scale solar projects. It will deliver more than 200,000-megawatta hours of renewable energy per year, reaching more than 40,000 homes.
Anil Nangia, Vena Energy’s managing director, says achieving full commercial operation at the site and its connection to the national grid follows years of hard work.
“It is very satisfying that this has come together like we planned and it’s a great demonstration of what can be achieved after lots of hard work by our staff, landowners, consultants, contractors, and regulators, including many local suppliers who have been with us from the start,” Nangia said.
During the early development stage of the project, Vena Energy partnered with renewable energy company, Snowy Hyrdo, who signed a 22-year offtake agreement for 100 per cent of the project’s energy output.
Paul Broad, Snowy Hyrdo’s chief executive officer, says Tailem Bend was the first solar project that the company contracted with.
“Through our retail energy brand in South Australia (Lumo Energy) we can supply solar energy to our customers right across the state,” Broad said.
Adrian Pederick, Member for Hammond Government, says the project would help deliver affordable, reliable and cleaner energy to South Australian households and businesses.
“Tailem Bend is a great spot for this project and highlights the region’s natural advantages,” Pederick said.
In Australia, Vena Energy is progressing more than 2400-megawatt of renewable energy projects across the country.