Energy consultancy Vysus Group is working with Belectric Australia on the commissioning phase of the 250MW Limondale photovoltaic plant in New South Wales, ahead of commercial operation in early 2021.
Vysus Group, formerly Lloyd’s Register Energy, was awarded the contract by Belectric Australia to support the registration and commissioning stage of the RWE Renewables-owned Limondale which is due to reach full commercial operations date in the first quarter of 2021.
Vysus has been completing grid connection studies to support the plant’s registration, which consists of Limondale 1 (220MW) and 2 (29MW).
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) granted the registration for Limondale 2 in December 2019, and the registration of Limondale 1 followed in June 2020.
Further support includes compliance testing with key analysis, assessments and interfacing with RWE Renewables Australia, Belectric Australia and the AEMO to ensure full compliance.
The project is situated within the West Murray Zone covering Victoria and NSW, which is considered a weak area of the Australian grid.
Coupled with the stringent requirements placed by grid operators, this has resulted in many other solar farms in the region finding it challenging to connect to the grid.
RWE Renewables Australia operations head Peter Veljkovic said: “This is a significant project for Australia and in working with Vysus Group we’ve been able to reach critical milestones in the project.”
Vysus Asia Pacific renewables head Mark Andrews said: “The West Murray zone presents challenging connectivity issues and complex regulatory considerations.
“We’ve been able to provide confidence to RWE Renewables Australia and Belectric Australia through our extensive experience in clean energy projects, helping them overcome hurdles and ensuring costly delays to generation are prevented.”