Origin Energy buys 1.3GW developer Walcha


February 20, 2024

Australian utility Origin Energy has bought developer Walcha Energy, which is working on wind and solar projects totalling 1.3GW in New South Wales.

Walcha is developing the 868MW Ruby Hills onshore wind farm and 450MW Salisbury solar farm. Walcha is a partnership between Australian developers Energy Estate and Mirus Wind set up to develop renewables projects in the New England region of New South Wales.

Origin said the acquisition would enable Origin to grow its project portfolio and complement its purchase of the nearby Warrane sheep and cattle farm last July.

Greg Jarvis, head of energy supply and operations at Origin, said: “Through Walcha and the earlier acquisition of the Warrane property, Origin’s portfolio now includes several projects with promising wind and solar resources within the New England REZ [Renewable Energy Zone], close to recently published transmission line investigation routes. We look forward to building on the work already completed on these renewables projects, bringing Origin’s scale, expertise and track record in developing and operating large scale energy and resource projects across Australia.”

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