Approval for Streaky Bay Solar Farm

RENEWABLE ENERGY: A solar farm will be constructed at Streaky Bay. Picture: Supplied
RENEWABLE ENERGY: A solar farm will be constructed at Streaky Bay. Picture: Supplied

Construction of a solar farm at Streaky Bay has commenced after Tetris Energy announced it had reached completion for Flow Power to acquire a 3MW farm.

Expected to completed by mid-2020, once operational the Streaky Bay Solar Farm will be the most western generator in the National Electricity Market and will boost the available generation in the West Coast region.

The company also announced the construction of a farm at Coonalpyn.

Tetris Energy director Frank Boland said the Streaky Bay Solar Farm was located on Jessie Flat Road, next to the Streaky Bay Substation.

"The project will connect directly to the SAPN (SA Power Networks) line that supplies the Streaky Bay township, therefore the electrons will flow there first."

Mr Boland said Flow Power had secured a contract with the City of Adelaide to provide electricity from Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn and would be completely powered by renewable electricity - a first for any council in South Australia.

He added that Eyre Peninsula customers would also benefit.

"Tetris Energy is pleased to reach this exciting milestone with Flow Power to acquire and start construction of the Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn solar farms," Mr Boland said.

"Because the South Australian market is all connected it allows generators anywhere in the state to supply customers," he said.

"Flow Power will be managing all of the offtake [and] the City of Adelaide is one of the major customers, but there will still be electricity available to supply other customers in regional SA, including the Eyre Peninsula region."

He said about 30 jobs would be created at peak construction at both projects.

Streaky Bay District Council chief executive officer Karina Ewer welcomed the news.

"It is great for the region and people have now got better access to renewable energy, and we would never say no to more jobs in our region," she said.

Lord mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor was pleased that the City of Adelaide would source 25 per cent of its power from these two solar farms, and also welcomed the addition of jobs.

"Being constructed in the regional South Australia, they will generate local employment and economic growth in the Streaky Bay and Coorong District Council areas, while also contributing to a more sustainable future, for all Australians."