Electricity generation licence application – Pirie Solar Farm Pty Ltd
- Project Released: 11 Sep 2018
- Project Closes: Nov 2018
- Contact: Julie Dixon
The Commission has received an application from Pirie Solar Farm Pty Ltd for an electricity generation licence for the operation of a 4.9 megawatt solar generating plant, located at Port Pirie.
Current status is Initiate
The Commission has received an application from Pirie Solar Farm Pty Ltd for an electricity generation licence in accordance with the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act). The applicant is seeking to operate a 4.9 megawatt solar generating plant, located at Port Pirie.
In assessing an electricity generation application, the Commission considers the application against the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Electricity Act. It will also have regard to its primary objective under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002, being the protection of the long-term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services and other factors as they apply to the Commission's role as an economic regulator of the South Australian electricity industry.
The Commission may only issue a licence if it is satisfied the applicant is a suitable person to hold the licence. In making its assessment the Commission considers (among other things):
- the standard of honesty and integrity shown by the applicant and its directors and major shareholders in previous commercial and regulatory dealings
- the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant, and
- the quality of the generated electricity for the relevant transmission or distribution
In making its assessment, the Commission consults with The Office of The Technical Regulator (OTR) which has a separate stand-alone role in the electricity industry. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks and can only be considered by the Commission in context of the above-mentioned criteria.
The application submitted by Pirie Solar Farm Pty Ltd is subject to a public consultation period closing on 23 September 2018. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on this licence application should prepare a submission which addresses the criteria noted above.