Tick of approval for Bungama solar farm

SOLAR FARM: Steve McCall and Simon Duffy from EPS.
SOLAR FARM: Steve McCall and Simon Duffy from EPS.

State government approval has been given to EPS Energy to go ahead with the Bungama Solar Project, which will be located six kilometres east of Port Pirie.

The project is part of a growing solar photovoltaic battery storage portfolio in South Australia that has been proposed to contribute to a total of 1 gigawatt in generation and storage capacity in three major projects.

The project estimated to cost $650 million, has received praise from Port Pirie Regional Council Mayor Leon Stephens.

Mr Stephens has described the project as positive, with the ability to change the potential employment landscape of the city.

"We look forward to the economic benefit the community will receive going forward and we welcome them to Port Pirie.

"Bungama Solar has changed the potential employment landscape towards a positive future," Mr Stephens said.

The project has not only gained the support of council, but the Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan who says the farms represent another important cog in the development of energy systems that draw on the state's renewable energy.

"South Australia has an unrivaled portfolio of renewable energy projects with substantial and growing wind, solar and storage capacity.

"The Marshall Liberal Government's energy policies are designed to deliver more affordable, reliable and cleaner electricity supplies to South Australian households and businesses," Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.

The Pirie news was coupled with the announcement that Robertstown Solar, a 500MW solar photovoltaic plant with 250MW integrated battery storage has been granted development consent by the Minister for Planning Stephan Knoll.

EPS Energy director Steve McCall says their approval for both projects has come off the back of excellent community, local and state government support that has been received for the solar farms.