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Defence inks deal to power Darwin bases with solar and battery storage

Capella Capital, in partnership with Lendlease, has secured a contract with the Department of Defence to deliver two new solar farms at Department of Defence sites in the Northern Territory.

The project team will deliver the farms at Robertson Barracks and RAAF Base Darwin, servicing the energy requirements of the facility and providing energy security.

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“The NT Solar Power Purchase Agreement project is the first solar PPA undertaken by Defence and will provide up to 40 per cent of Robertson Barracks and RAAF Darwin’s electricity requirements via approximately 14MW of solar across the two sites, said Allan O'Connor, Defence renewable energy and energy security program manager.

“We look forward to working closely with Capella Capital and Lendlease to prove this type of project and achieve utility savings and improved energy security outcomes on the Defence estate.”

Work is scheduled to begin in the next two months and completion is expected in the first quarter of 2020, and continues to strengthen the Lendlease and Capella Capital position in delivering on a range of renewable and energy solutions.

“We look forward to a great partnership with the Department of Defence and Lendlease on developing and delivering this innovative project on the Defence estate, Edward Hart, director of Capella Capital, said.

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“We appreciate the work and vision the Department of Defence has demonstrated in progressing this project.

“This project is also a good demonstration of Lendlease’s growing expertise in battery, renewable and energy solutions.”

Lendlease will deliver the engineering, procurement and construction works, which includes the design of the solar array and battery storage solution, procurement, installation and commissioning of the system.

Lendlease will also operate and maintain the system.

“We are excited to announce our first solar contract with the Department of Defence,” Toby Matthews, managing director Lendlease Services, said.

“This critical infrastructure will support a broader Defence program to ensure long term energy security over their facilities.”

Defence inks deal to power Darwin bases with solar and battery storage
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