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Sterling & Wilson plans to build 500MW solar projects in Australia

CTBR Staff Writer Published 06 November 2017

Sterling & Wilson, an India-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services provider for infrastructure and energy sectors, has announced it plans to construct 500MW of solar projects in Australia in the coming three years.

These solar projects would require A$600m ($459m) of investment. The company aims to offset 750,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually by constructing solar power plants.

Sterling & Wilson stated that the solar power projects would generate more than 750 jobs during the construction process.

The company, which has been present in Australia since 2015, has an office in Perth, through which it offers diesel generators and cogeneration solutions. To tap the vast potential of solar market in the region, the company opened an office in Brisbane recently. 

The company claims to its credit more than 1.9Gw of solar power plants across various regions including India, Philippines and South Africa. Presently, it is building a 1.17GW solar plant in Sweihan, Abu Dhabi and several projects across Zambia, Niger and Morocco.

Apart from solar, the company has also ventured into wind and energy storage sectors. It aims to deliver more than 2GW of projects every year.

Sterling and Wilson Renewable Energy CEO Bikesh Ogra said: “Australia is witnessing a solar boom, as the country has had a phenomenal year with respect to large scale solar projects. The solar industry has also seen a sharp decline in costs, and is seen as a pivotal force to help the country achieve its renewable energy targets by 2020.

“We are definitely excited to be a part of this transformational journey and aid in realising its potential to transition to a future of sustainable and renewable energy. As a truly global solar EPC company with experience across geographies, we not only want to bring our best practices to the industry, but also learn alongside our peers to attain our target of 500MW’s installations.”

Image: Sterling & Wilson plan to construct more than 2GW every year. Photo: Courtesy of Business Wire.