Solar Energy Projects to Enhance Southern Australia’s Economy

Sanjeev Gupta, the Executive Chairman and CEO of GFG Alliance in Australia, announced the details this month of a $1 billion renewable energy program that is set to be built beginning early next year.

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Gupta is a renowned name in the community, working closely with the GFG Alliance. As a member of the strategic board for the GFG Alliance, as well as one of the organization’s cofounders, Gupta primarily works to bring renewable energy to various industries worldwide. With headquarters present around the globe in over 30 countries, this most current expansion to Southern Australia continues in line with Gupta’s business and personal mission to bring renewable solar energy to citizen everywhere. 

The 280 MW Solar Farm Project 

Also named The Cultana Solar Project, this solar power plant will be located in the Upper Spencer Gulf of South Australia. This massive project will generate 600GWh of solar energy per year and contribute to offsetting carbon dioxide levels in the region. This latest solar energy project for GFG will combine several different solar and renewable energy efforts that have already been in effect over the past couple of years.  Two companies came together in late 2017 to form what is now known as SIMEC ZEN Energy, combining together some of Australia’s largest solar energy farms. They will be working closely with Gupta on his latest solar endeavors.  

Solar Energy Benefits for South Australia 

Gupta is confident that these efforts will greatly improve the region. He stated that the efforts of his company and the multiple operations coming together will ultimately improve the utility sector for Southern Australian residents and the overall economy. He recognizes that solar energy has the power to dramatically change a region for the better, yet is also aware of the transitions that must take place in other sectors in order to accommodate the implementation of solar energy and solar-powered resources. He is confident, and also correct in his convictions, that now is the time to take advantage of solar power and renewable energy.  

A Solar-Powered Future for Australia 

Southern Australia is currently a global leader when it comes to the use of solar energy, with solar-powered resources generating more than 40 percent of all the country’s generated electricity at any given time. The use of solar power and the transition away from coal and gas-powered resources happened quickly for Australia as a whole. Two of the most prominent power stations were shut down in recent years, increasing the urgency and need for the country to keep up with the latest solar technologies. The loss of these long-standing utilities brought about a hike in electricity prices for most residents. Gupta addressed these concerns as part of his incentive to continue to push forward with solar energy and ultimately invest in the latest solar energies for the region. Even with the growing pains being experienced, within the coming years local residents will see a reduction in the cost of their utilities overall. 

Advancement and Opportunity 

The pace at which the Cultana Solar Project is being constructed is a promising sign for Australia’s future. Keeping up with the demands of global pressures to stay current with the latest renewable and solar energies is primarily one of the objectives for Gupta as he moves forward with his latest project. He believes that his efforts, combined with the GFG Alliance and SIMEC ZEN Energy will ultimately strengthen Australia’s economy and international reputation.  

Additionally, he feels strongly that these projects will continue to keep Australia at the top of the charts as a global leader in renewable and solar energy innovations. He remarked that these solar projects will, diversify and strengthen Australia. He also expressed his desire to bring utility prices across the nation down to more reasonable levels and is confident this is a likely probability in the near future. With a start date for construction on his latest project set for early 2019, it is likely that the residents of Southern Australia will begin to see more positive changes to their utility bills and an improvement to the nation overall. 



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