Lightsource BP Solar has secured planning approval to develop the 400MWdc Wellington North solar farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

Wellington North will be built adjacent to Lightsource BP’s 200MWdc Wellington solar farm, which is ‎currently under construction.

Upon completion, the 600MWdc solar hub is expected to contribute to NSW’s aims to increase its ‎renewable share in the state’s energy mix to over 60% by 2030‎.

Lightsource BP Australia country manager Adam Pegg said: “In a few ‎years our 600MWdc Wellington solar hub will be producing 1,173,000MWh of renewable electricity ‎‎– the equivalent to powering 170,000 Australian homes – saving 938,000 carbon emissions annually.”‎

Featuring 1.2 million ‎bifacial solar panels, the Wellington North solar farm is also expected to help Australia and BP in achieving their net zero ‎ambitions.‎

BP Australia president and Asia Pacific fuels & low carbon solutions senior vice-president Frédéric Baudry said: “This ‎exciting development is further affirmation of bp’s strategy of growing our low carbon businesses ‎and transitioning from an International Oil Company to an Integrated Energy Company.”

The new solar project is anticipated to create 400 jobs during construction, thereby increasing economic security in the region despite the global challenges of Covid-19.

Recently, Lightsource BP has expanded its utility scale solar portfolio in Italy with the acquisition of 156MW of solar projects from Horizon Firm.

The acquisition includes three solar projects, which are due to attain ready-to-build status in 2022.

Lightsource BP also signed exclusivity agreement with Horizon Firm to acquire an additional 130MWp of solar projects.

Lightsource BP intends to develop 600MW solar hub in Australia. Credit: Lightsource.