No 8. February 2013

Ingenero To Build 50 MW of Solar Projects

Ingenero and its partner, the Thai-owned power generator RATCH-Australia Corporation Ltd, plan to build 50 megawatts (MW) of large-scale solar PV projects in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand over the next few years.

Ingenero chief executive, Steve McRae said "RATCH-Australia's proven record in power station development and management is a perfect complement to Ingenero's experience developing large-scale solar PV. This partnership will see development of grid-connected, commercial-scale solar and off-grid installations within Australia and internationally."

Collaborating with RATCH-Australia is an enormous opportunity for Ingenero, he said, as RATCH-Australia already has a portfolio of power generation plants totaling 815 MW and wants to increase this.

RATCH-Australia's executive general manager for Business Development, Geoff Dutton, sees great potential in renewables and power generation over the next few years and said "RAC is currently planning to invest up to $1 billion to develop renewable energy projects in this region."

In a separate initiative, Ingenero is currently consulting for RATCH-Australia on a feasibility study into the installation of a solar PV power plant at the Collinsville coal-fired power station in Queensland.

RATCH-Australia is decommissioning the Collinsville power station and is investigating options to redevelop the site with other forms of electricity generation including solar thermal, solar photovoltaic and gas.

Early this month, Ingenero won a $500,000 tender to build a dual-axis tracking solar array and supply electric vehicles and charging stations on Kangaroo Island. The 50 kilowatt (kW) system will power Kingscote Airport and two electric vehicles with charging stations at the airport and the council offices.

The project is backed by grant from Renewables SA and will produce South Australia's largest dual-axis tracking solar installation.

The array will have four dual-axis trackers, each with 12.5kW of solar panels, and will produce an estimated 100 megawatt hours of electricity each year. "The dual-axis solar tracking technology will lift solar power output by around 30 per cent more than a non-tracking solar array," said Mr McRae.

"Combined with the two solar powered electric vehicles and charging stations, this project will enable Kangaroo Island Council to save on fuel costs as well as dramatically reduce the airport's power bill and carbon emissions," he said.

Ingenero's South Australian manager, Patrick Greene, said "This installation provides critical electric vehicle infrastructure for Kangaroo Island and offsets 100 per cent of the Airport's electricity consumption. It demonstrates how solar and electric vehicles can be complementary."

Mr McRae said the combination of two clean technologies in one solar installation will add to the island's ecotourism credibility.

Construction began in January.





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