Infinite Green buys 11-MW solar farm to power WA electrolyser

Australia’s Infinite Green Energy, which last year changed its name to better reflect its focus on green hydrogen, has wrapped up the acquisition of the 11-MW Northam solar park in Western Australia to power a 10-MW electrolyser.

Formerly known as Infinite Green Energy, the company intends to install the electrolyser about 100 km northwest of Perth, seeking to produce four tonnes of green hydrogen daily. The solar-powered green hydrogen production facility is expected to be switched on in 2024.

The MEG HP1 project aims to produce hydrogen for heavy transport. Some of the site’s output will be used by waste management companies for back-to-base refuse collection vehicles.

The Northam solar park was bought from joint owners Indigenous Business Australia and Bookitja Pty Ltd, which acts as trustee of the Ngangk Trust. Following the AUD-8-million (USD 5.7m/EUR 5.2m) acquisition, Infinite Green will launch an AUD-3-million capital raising to help it take a final investment decision on the hydrogen project, the Australian Financial Review reported. According to its chairman Peter Coleman, the solar farm could be expanded to 18 MW, which will enable the connection of a 10-MW electrolyser.

Northam Solar was switched on in November 2021. It has in place a power purchase agreement (PPA) with PepsiCo Australia signed at end-2021.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.714/EUR 0.649)

Credit: Veselina Petrova |