PORT AUGUSTA PROJECT
Port Augusta: our first big renewables project in the Australian market
Iberdrola gets down to business in Australia with the construction of its first renewable energy project after the acquisition of Infigen Energy, one of the country's key developers of renewable energy projects. Located in South Australia, Port Augusta is thus far its first solar-wind hybrid plant in the world, with an investment of A$ 500 million.
State of South Australia (Australia)
Total installed capacity
317 MW (210 wind + 107 photovoltaic)
No. wind turbines
50 of 4.2 MW
Number of solar panels
500 million Australian dollars
End of 2021
This renewable facility will combine 210 MW wind with 107 MW photovoltaic technologies and once in operation it will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 180,000 Australian homes per year.
The construction of Port Augusta will generate 200 jobs until the project is commissioned by the end of 2021. Thus, Iberdrola also contributes to foster a green economy in Australia that promotes economic reactivation and employment in the post-COVID world.
The project, which involves global, Australian and Spanish suppliers, is already contributing to the revitalization of industry. The Spanish Elecnor will deliver the plant's substation and the transmission line, as well as the storage areas and access roads. Vestas, for its part, will manufacture and install the 50 wind turbines with a unit capacity of 4.2 MW — the first one has already been installed. Longi will supply the nearly 250,000 solar panels for the photovoltaic plant and Sterling & Wilson will be in charge of their construction.
Carousel of images and videos
LEADERS IN THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET
With its entry into Australia, Iberdrola advances in its diversification process and positions itself in markets with great renewable energy potential.
Following the acquisition of Infigen Energy, Australia has become one of the major growth platforms for Iberdrola. The group has become one of the leaders in the Australian market, where it now operates more than 800 MW of owned and contracted solar, wind and battery storage capacity, with 453 MW under construction (including Port Augusta) and a project pipeline of over 1,000 MW in different development stages.