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Amp Power Australia Pty Limited has announced the establishment of the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia.

The hub will integrate large scale solar PV, wind and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) assets and will include the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex.

The $2 billion project will generate enough electricity to power 230,000 homes annually and will create up to 550 equivalent full-time construction jobs.

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Dean Cooper, executive vice president and head of Amp Australia: ”The strategic value of the South Australian portfolio is significant in a jurisdiction which is undergoing one of the most rapid energy transitions in the world”.

The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW), and a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.

The Robertstown and Bungama projects are expected to begin staged energisation in late 2022.

Two of the sites offer additional strategic value with the planned development of an integrated hydrogen production facility for both the domestic market and for export from the Spencer Gulf to Asia where Amp has existing operations.

South Australian minister for trade and investment, Stephen Patterson, said: “We have seen over $7 billion invested in projects with another $20 billion in the pipeline. The Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia will be fundamental in integrating our state’s renewable energy storage assets and building our capability and supporting the fast-moving energy transitions we’re experiencing.”

Amp Power Australia Pty Limited, the Australian operating company of global developer Amp Energy, currently manages a portfolio of 158MW of solar PV assets in NSW.