Singapore-headquartered Vena Energy has announced the full operational status of its 180-MW Tailem Bend solar park in South Australia, with the commissioning of the project's second phase completed last week. The milestone was reported by Australian engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor UGL on Friday.
The Tailem Bend solar complex, situated east of Adelaide, is now feeding power into the grid after the successful completion of the 87-MW second phase. The project includes a total of 610,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is set to be coupled with a 41.5-MW battery energy storage facility, which is currently in the process of installation.
The initial stage of the Tailem Bend project, the 95-MW Tailem Bend 1, has been generating electricity since the beginning of 2019. Its output is committed under a 22-year power purchase agreement with Snowy Hydro. Construction on the second stage commenced in May 2022, leading to the recent successful commissioning.
The ongoing installation of the battery storage system is projected to be powered up in the first quarter of the upcoming year, as outlined on Vena Energy's website.