Global developer Amp Energy’s Australian operating company, Amp Power Australia Pty Limited, has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia (REHSA). The strategic portfolio contains large scale integrated solar photovoltaic (PV), wind and battery energy storage system (BESS) assets. The siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan, is also included in REHSA.

Three large solar PV projects in the portfolio total over 1.3 GW of generation: Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336 MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388 MW). The total BESS capacity is up to 540 MW across the portfolio.Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay

The total investment in REHSA would exceed $2 billion. Development approvals and land have been secured for the Robertstown and Bungama projects to begin staged energization in late 2022. These two locations combined will create up to 550 equivalent full-time construction jobs, which includes the regional workforce. Electricity production is anticipated to power the equivalent of 230,000 homes each year.

Additional strategic value exists for two of the sites with the planned development of an integrated hydrogen production facility to serve the domestic market and exports to Asia from the Spencer Gulf.

Amp’s presence in Australia already includes 158 MW of operating or under construction solar PV assets in New South Wales. The 39 MW Molong Solar Farm reached 100% generation in two months following first energization.

''The strategic value of the South Australian portfolio is significant in a jurisdiction which is undergoing one of the most rapid energy transitions in the world,” said Dean Cooper, executive vice president and head of Amp Australia.

"South Australia has significant land mass and world-class wind and solar resources, with aspirations of reaching net 100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030,” added South Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, Stephen Patterson. "We have seen over $7 billion invested in projects with another $20 billion in the pipeline. The Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia will be fundamental in integrating our state's renewable energy storage assets and building our capability and supporting the fast-moving energy transitions we're experiencing."

Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform that provides disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions. Amp X includes a state-of-the-art smart transformer that enables real-time autonomous management and optimized dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.

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