Solar capacity shines in the NT with two new power plants announced

15 January 2019

Solar capacity shines in the NT with two new power plants announced

JACANA ENERGY has signed two Power Purchase Agreements with NT Solar Investments Pty Ltd to purchase the output from two new solar farms in Batchelor and Manton Dam.

“Jacana Energy will purchase 100% of the output of the plants, sufficient to power over 5,000 homes each year,” says Jacana Energy CEO David Brown.

“In sourcing competitive, renewable energy, these projects represent real value for both Jacana Energy customers and the Northern Territory,” says Mr Brown.

Each solar farm will produce around 24 Gigawatt hours of electricity per year (GWh). Combined with output from the recently announced Katherine Solar Farm, Jacana Energy will source almost 120 Gigawatt hours of renewable electricity per year.

Capacity at each site is 10 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic solar panels mounted on single axis tracking technology. There are provisions for battery storage and sky camera technology will be used to monitor and respond to cloud coverage.

The new Batchelor and Manton Dam Solar Farms are being developed by Tetris Energy, an Australian renewable energy developer in collaboration with Infigen Energy. Construction is being targeted to commence at the start of the dry season, with the plants to be operational by the end of 2019.