Solar power for Bonython

A 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system with panels installed by Whyalla workers has been completed at Port Bonython.

The system will power Santos' Port Bonython processing plant at Whyalla, generating more than three gigawatt hours of emissions-free energy per annum.

That represents over six per cent of electricity used at the plant.and is enough to power more than 500 average Australian homes.

The project was completed by energy company AGL under an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract that required the delivery of the 5,580 module solar system and a complex high voltage interconnection.

AGL Interim Chief Customer Officer Mark Enzinger said the company were proud to complete the project that supports Santos' aim of reducing their carbon footprint through renewable energy.

"We also delivered on our commitment to maximise local content in the project with the solar panel mounting system manufactured in Adelaide, the inverter station made in Melbourne, and the installation carried out by workers from Whyalla," he said.

The solar system consists of 62 array tables of solar modules, each weighing about six tonnes, and covers 14,500 square metres in total.

The modules were mounted using an innovative array table system which combines modular design, prefabrication and rapid deployment, streamlining engineering and procurement and transferring cost, time and risk from the construction site to the factory

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher says Santos now has a proven track record of integrating renewable energy into existing operations.

"This solar installation at Port Bonython is our biggest demonstration yet of how we can work with renewables to not only reduce our carbon emissions but to also free up more gas for the domestic markets," he said.

"As a large industrial user of electricity, we're also doing our bit to reduce the burden on the grid by generating new supply."