Following the announcement of the execution of its first hybrid project, Grupo Gransolar, a leading international business group in the development, construction and supply of photovoltaic plant components, has reached an agreement to carry out the turnkey contract (EPC), as well as the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the Edenvale Solar Park in Chinchilla, 300 kilometres from Queensland, Australia. Owned by Sojitz and ENEOS Corporation, it is the seventh facility that the Spanish company has been awarded in the country, where it already has more than 750 MW contracted.
According to Gransolar, the 204 MW peak capacity of Edenvale Solar Park will produce around 425,000 MWh/year—enough energy to cover the electricity demand of 60,000 homes. It will also prevent the emission of approximately 300,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere—the same amount generated by around 83,000 vehicles. This is a particularly important project for the company, consolidating it as one of the most solid EPCs in the market and whose vertical integration streamlines and optimises all phases of the project.
Carlos López, Managing Director of the Gransolar Group in Australia explains: "Signing seven contracts in Australia, taking into account our ongoing activity in the search for new business opportunities, is a success to be proud of and is the result of the magnificent team at the Group's disposal. For Gransolar, it is important to continue to expand our brand in a country that shares the same commitment to sustainability and the development of new, clean and profitable forms of electricity generation, thus contributing to the goal of penetration of renewables in the electricity system.”
About Edenvale Solar Park he points out that, "It is a very interesting project because of the area in which it is located, because of the client, Sojitz and ENEOS, to whom we are deeply grateful for their trust, and because of our ability to contribute to the development of the local economy in the remote communities where we operate". In this regard, around 450 employees will be involved during construction and subsequently, with operation and maintenance. In addition, according to the company, a group of 16 indigenous workers will be trained to carry out the O&M work contracted for a minimum of two years, which could include an extension for a further 15 years.
This new project, which is expected to be operating at full capacity by mid-2023, brings Gransolar closer to its goal of leading the global energy transformation through continuous improvement and the consolidation of sustainable, safe, and efficient energy models in the communities in which it operates.
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