Denzo Group Australia has selected a 90 hectare site in the Wide Bay – Burnett Region of Queensland, Australia, as the location for a 30 MW large scale solar farm. To be developed in partnership with Natcore Technology, the American solar R&D company, the site would be developed to a “shovel ready” stage with storage of 30% in three 10 MW modules. In September 2013, Denzo and Natcore signed a Memorandum of Understanding, under which the companies started planning for Natcore Australia. Then in July 2014, they announced plans to form a joint venture that would produce solar cells and solar panels in Australia, with Australia as the headquarters for this activity. Official documentation for the current project will be finalised as a Heads of Agreement within 30 days.
Under terms of the Heads of Agreement, Denzo will coordinate the purchase of the land, all of the required approvals and the designation of the facility to be recognised as a Solar Power Station as well as the connection to an approved Sub Station to export the electricity to the Grid. Natcore is preparing equipment recommendations on a “best of breed” basis, i.e., they are putting forward items that would be selected from manufacturers in Germany, China and elsewhere around the world. Each piece of equipment would be the best in its category according to criteria agreed upon with Denzo (e.g., most efficient, cleanest operating, lowest cost). Natcore has recently entered into similar agreements in Belize and Vietnam.
Jointly Natcore and Denzo will develop a better than usual Return on Investment scenario over a 30 year tenure. Natcore and Denzo will participate in a portion of the power purchase agreement. “Queensland is known to be an excellent environment for solar energy,” says Ken Mathews, Managing Director of Denzo. “The Queensland Government has released a plan to have a target of 50% Renewable Energy by 2030, hence the opportunity for high growth.” “This project will place Natcore at the forefront of the Asia Pacific Area for Renewable Energy,” says Natcore President and CEO Chuck Provini. “Both parties look forward to the signing of the subject Heads of Agreement.”
Queensland is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. It is situated in the northeast of the country. Wide Bay–Burnett is a region of Queensland, located between 170 and 400 kilometres (105 and 250 miles) north of the state capital, Brisbane. The area’s population growth has exceeded the state average over the past 20 years, and it is forecast to grow to more than 430,000 by 2031.