Risen Energy is one of the largest tier-1 manufacturers in the world. Their series of mono perc modules is used in residential as well as commercial PV systems throughout Australia. Their investment in the country is increasing further into large-scale solar farms. The company has set a goal to achieve about 2GW of utility-grade solar farm milestone in Australia by the end of 2020. To facilitate this, Risen is procuring numerous projects that have received approval for construction from local authorities. They mainly focuses on WA, NSW and Queensland to achieve this ambitious target.
Yarranlea Solar Farm
The construction of the Yarranlea solar farm was started in May 24 2018. The farm is 50kms from Toowomba, and connect to the grid through Ergon. Risen manages the entire project development – from detailed design, planning, module supply to operation and maintenance. The project employs 110 temporary workers – majority from Darling Downs. The tier-1 panel supplier has total ownership of the farm. There is no power purchase agreement. Instead, the project utilizes the spot price of the national electricity market (NEM).
As of June 2019, the project is in the phase of electrical installation. The 121 MW farm utilizes 360,000 risen modules coupled with SMA inverters without battery backup. The panels are supported on single axis trackers mounts from Arctech. In addition, there is a plan for future expansion of the project with add-on battery storage systems.
Another such example of 100% ownership of the company is the Merrendin PV project
Merredin PV Plant
The foundation stone for the project was laid in March 2019. with an expected capacity of 132 MW. This is sufficient to power over 42,000 homes in WA. This plant also will also be owned completely by Risen. Furthermore, it is expected to create 200 temporary jobs (during construction and commissioning) and 4-5 permanent jobs during its operational phase,
Located 260 kms east of Perth, the plant will utilize 360,000 RSM72-6 370W Risen panels with 19.3% maximum efficiency and 1500VDC maximum system voltage. 22 inverter stations will support the DC-AC conversion. The expected annual energy production is 281 GWh, which will be fed to the Merredin substation after voltage step-up. The expected completion date is Q4 2019.
Source: Risen Energy Australia