Adjacent to our Tailem Bend Stage One Solar Project, Stage Two of the project has an estimated generation capacity of 87 megawatts (MWac) and consists of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, it will supply power equivalent to the annual needs of 37,000 homes once completed. Tailem Bend Solar Project Stage Two includes provision for battery storage and will connect to the National Electricity Market via ElectraNet’s Tailem Bend Substation. The $200 million project was endorsed by the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet in November 2017 and was approved by the South Australian Minister for Planning in July 2018.
With a construction budget of $200 million, the project will make a positive economic contribution to local, regional and national economies. Vena Energy Australia supports a local procurement policy and promotes participation from local, regional and Australian suppliers wherever possible. The project will have a peak construction workforce of over 200 with most of the workforce expected to come from the region. A number of permanent staff will be employed once complete. Other temporary staff will be required periodically to clean the solar panels, undertake environmental maintenance, electrical works, fire management and site security. The solar farm will insulate the regional electricity market from fluctuations in fuel prices by increasing the diversity of the energy system. The project will produce clean energy and have no greenhouse gas emissions.