China-based solar technology company, Risen Energy has extended its power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Merredin Solar Farm to mining company BHP’s Nickel West operations. The 10 year agreement extends clean electricity supply to Nickel West from 20MW to 50MW.
The additional 30MW will be channeled to Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter owned by BHP Nickel West starting August 1st, reducing the smelter's Scope 2 emissions by 30%.
This is in addition to the original 20MW that will be engaged to the Kwinana Refinery held by BHP Nickel West, which will utilize solar power produced by Risen Energy's Merredin Solar farm to cover up to 50% of its electricity usage.
Jessica Farrell, BHP Nickel West Asset President, said that increasing the global supply up to 20% to 50% from the Risen solar farm would help them lower emissions from power usage by 30% at the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter.
She added that this is just one of the captivating strategies to reduce emissions by 30% until 2030 and to net-zero by 2050 across the entire operation.
Eric Lee, Executive Director, Risen Energy Australia said: the company appreciate BHP Nickel West's faith in them and the Merredin Solar Farm and they are grateful for the opportunity to continue to offer the renewable energy its operations.
This partnership highlights Risen's position as a market-leading solar energy solutions provider, as well as a critical step forward in its attempts to develop more clean energy collaborations with credible organizations devoted to Australia's decarbonization efforts.
Mr. Lee further added that Risen has several ventures in the works. The firm is on track to meet its objective of being a leading developer of solar and battery energy storage solutions.
Risen has been expanding and strengthening its in-house knowledge to answer the growing needs of the industry and technological developments, especially in the context of BESS and hybrid solar projects, all as part of its goal of achieving '2GW' in Australia.