Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding connection agreement with Essential Energy, responsible for one of Australia’s largest electricity distribution networks, for the 50MW Jemalong Solar Project (JSP or Project) in New South Wales.
The connection agreement, which was entered into by Genex’s wholly-owned subsidiary Jemalong Networks Pty Ltd as trustee for Jemalong Networks Trust, allows for the connection of the Project into the National Electricity Market (NEM) via Essential Energy’s distribution network. The connection point will be located at the existing West Jemalong 66/11kV Zone Substation, situated within close proximity to the Project site, minimising construction cost and time.
The execution of the agreement means the Project is now classified as a committed generator, with its position secured within the NEM. Being confirmed as a ‘committed generator’ enables the Company to now focus its attention on remaining activities, including: advancing engineering, procurement and construction contractor discussions and completing the refinance of the 50MW Kidston Solar Project (KS1) and project financing for JSP by mid-2019.
Commenting on the milestone, Chief Executive Officer of Genex, James Harding stated:
“We are very pleased to execute the connection agreement with Essential Energy for the Jemalong Solar Project and secure our Project within the NEM as a committed generator. In a short amount of time, we have already established an excellent relationship with Essential Energy and look forward to working together over the coming weeks and months.
We are also pleased to report that the refinancing activities of KS1 and project financing activities for JSP continue to advance as scheduled. Genex remains on track to reach financial close for both of these projects by the middle of the year, establishing our position as a key renewable energy developer in the NEM as we continue to expand our portfolio.”