Aurecon appointed owner’s engineer for largest solar PV project in Australia

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18 November 2013 - Aurecon has been appointed as the owner’s engineer for the Royalla 20MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be built in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
“The solar industry in Australia is expanding on the back of reduced equipment prices over the last few years and Australia’s good solar resources,” Aurecon Energy Associate Peter Ward said.
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) was the first applicant to be successful in the large-scale solar auction process run by the ACT government. Under the process the project will receive a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for the electricity generated over the life of the project.
“The ACT Government’s Solar Auction program has been a great success, demonstrating that such schemes produce very competitive delivery of low emission renewable energy. Such schemes, along with the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target, are essential to progressing Australia toward a competitive low emission economy,” FRV (Australia) Country Manager Andrea Fontana said.
“Aurecon is proud to be appointed on this flagship project. We will work closely with FRV, as well as the project engineer and contractor Acciona Energy Oceania, to ensure that the project is delivered on time, within budget and meets the expected level of reliability for long-term operation,” Peter said.
“It’s exciting to add another project to our volume of work in Australia’s growing large-scale solar industry, which includes work on the University of Queensland solar array projects at its St Lucia and Gatton campuses.”
As a leader in renewable energy, Aurecon provides technical expertise and advisory services in wind, solar, hydro and bioenergy technologies.
Aurecon has established project management experience in the renewables sector through providing owner’s engineer services during the construction of nearly 800MW of wind farm projects over the last decade, as well as through acting as the owner’s engineer during the construction phase of around 220MW of solar PV projects in South Africa.
The Royalla solar project commenced construction on 1 October 2013 and when completed in June 2014 will be the largest solar PV project in Australia.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Ward
Associate - Renewables 
P: +61 2 9465 5787


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