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Adani Seeking Approval for Whyalla Solar Project

solar plant .jpgIndian energy giant Adani is pushing ahead with its major solar project in Whyalla, seeking regulatory approval to build a 160MW solar farm in the Steel City.

The proposed solar farm will be located near the Whyalla Steelworks.

Adani Renewables lodged its request for a generation licence to South Australia’s Essential Services Commission in November last year.

The application was only released by the regulatory authority last week.

Adani had previously said it hoped to begin construction last year and be up and running by early 2019.

The release of the application comes after several new massive solar and battery storage projects moved through the approvals process including one at Robertstown and Port Pirie. 

The projects include a 500MW solar farm at Robertstown that could be accompanied by 250MW/1000MWh of battery storage.

The company involved is also proposing a 280MW solar farm at Port Pirie.

Nearby, at the Solar River project, another 200MW solar PV development with 120MWh of battery storage is being proposed, and this could be doubled in both solar and battery capacity.

Whyalla Steelworks owner Sanjeev Gupta has also unveiled a 280MW solar farm at Cultana, not far from Whyalla, to help power the steelworks.