Perth-based business WBHO Infrastructure, in Joint Venture with Singapore based Phoenix Solar, has secured the EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) contract to deliver WA’s largest solar project, Byford Solar Farm.
The project will be located just 35km southeast of Perth CBD, making Byford Solar Farm the first utility scale solar farm to be built within a metropolitan area in Australia.
WBHO will work with the developer WestGen, with completion and commissioning expected in mid-2018.
Upon completion, the 30MW Solar Farm will span over 75 hectares and generate around 80,000MWh of electricity per year for the south-west integrated system (SWIS).
The project extends WBHO’s track record of delivering renewable energy projects.
The company previously built Australia’s largest solar project, the 100MW Nyngan Solar Farm (New South Wales), and was also involved in the construction of Greenough River Solar Farm, WA’s first utility-scale solar project.
Commenting, WBHO’s Western Region Executive General Manager Will Grobler said:
“WBHO is excited about the opportunity to deliver Byford Solar Farm.
“It’s an important project. Not only will it set a new benchmark for solar projects in WA, but will also provide benefits for the local economy, with opportunities for our workforce, as well as for subcontractors and suppliers.
“We’re proud to be helping provide clean energy for Western Australia, and are looking forward to delivering this landmark project.”
Notes to Editors
- Byford Solar Farm is being developed by Westgen (www.westgen.com.au). Kleenheat, the gas and electricity retailing unit of Wesfarmers, has signed a 10-year off take agreement to buy the output from the solar farm.
- WBHO Infrastructure has operated in WA since 1987. The company operates across numerous sectors, including roads, mining infrastructure, telecommunications, and concessions. The company employs over 350 people in Australia and has seven offices in WA, NSW, Qld and Vic. Over the past 30 months, across more than 50 contracts, WBHO is proud to have zero LTIs (Lost Time Injuries).