Hillston Solar Farm reaches 100% generation


Amp Australia, a subsidiary of Canada-based energy giant Amp Energy, said the Hillston Solar Farm in the Riverina region had reached 100% generation in less than three months from first energisation.

‘‘Reaching full output ahead of schedule is a testament to the cooperation of all stakeholders, in particular the distribution network service provider Essential Energy, and the proactive management from our local team,” said Dean Cooper, executive vice president and head of Amp Australia.

Hillston has also secured green finance status with lenders Natixis and Export Development Canada, which reflects Amp’s commitment to decarbonisation and Amp being at the forefront of the energy transition. The Hillston project will generate approximately 235,000MWh of clean energy annually, which is forecasted to avoid in excess of 160,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

This Hillston generation milestone brings Amp’s operating portfolio in Australia to 160MWdc in NSW. Amp’s late-stage development portfolio includes the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of 1.36GWdc of large-scale integrated solar PV and 550MW of battery energy storage assets, located in South Australia.

Amp’s expansion in Australia will include the integration of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform owned by Amp. Amp X includes an artificial intelligence powered virtual power plant capability, which enables real-time autonomous control and optimised dispatch of battery energy storage and flexible energy assets across the grid.