APA opens new solar farm in its Western Australian renewables precinct

Workers Installing Solar Panel

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December 4, 2019 | Marija Maisch

Slowly but surely utility-scale solar activity is picking up the pace in Western Australia with another big PV project added to the grid. Located in Hill River, about 200 kilometres north of Perth, the 19.25 MW Badgingarra Solar Farm was officially opened by APA Group on Wednesday.

The $40 million solar farm consists of almost 62,000 solar panels, utilising Nextracker’s single-axis trackers. It spreads across 40 hectares of land and is capable of powering more than 6,000 Western Australian homes. The development is co-located with the 130 MW Badgingarra Wind Farm officially opened in May.

The $355 million co-located Badgingarra Wind and Solar Farm development is underpinned by an agreement with Alinta Energy for the purchase of all the energy, and the Large Scale Renewable Generation Certificates generated by the two projects, through to December 2035.