About the project
The Cultana Solar Farm will be a large-scale solar farm that will generate up to 280 MW of solar energy on vacant land to the north of the Whyalla Steelworks.
The Cultana Solar Farm is being delivered by SIMEC Energy Australia via an Engineer, Procure and Construction (EPC) partnership with experienced global leader Shanghai Electric.
SIMEC Energy Australia assists individuals, communities, and businesses to lower energy costs, improve regional and state energy security, and to promote regional development.
SIMEC Energy Australia is a part of the GFG Alliance. Learn more about SIMEC Energy Australia here and learn more about GFG Alliance here.
Where will the generated energy go?
Once the project has received all the necessary approvals, the energy generated will contribute to the national electricity grid via the existing Cultana and Whyalla substations and is part of SIMEC Energy Australia’s mission to bring change and competition to the wholesale and retail electricity market.
The project is forecast to create around 350 direct jobs during its construction phase, many of which will be recruited from the local community.
Once the solar farm is energised, it is anticipated there will be approximately 10 ongoing operation and maintenance positions comprising skilled trades that will either be drawn from or added to the local community.
Indirectly, the project is expected to create increased employment for local service industries such as hospitality, retail, supermarkets, rental properties and the like, as the project creates an increased requirement for services to support the solar farm workforce.
SIMEC Energy Australia will be hosting Expression of Interest sessions in the local community as the project progresses, to ensure that local business have primary opportunities to be involved with supporting the needs of the project. In line with the direct employment strategy, the Project Team is committed to a “local first” approach to support services to maximise the benefits for the local community.
Indigenous and local upskilling
As part of filling the direct employment requirements of the project, SIMEC Energy Australia is committed to the upskilling of indigenous and local people to meet the employment needs of this development.
The upskilling of these people will create a legacy for the local workforce as well.
Renewable Energy Dispatch
Once fully energised, the Cultana Solar Farm is forecast to generate around 600 gigawatt hours of renewable energy per year – equivalent to the energy requirements of almost 100,000 average South Australian homes – drawn from 780,000 solar panels across an area 550 times larger than Adelaide Oval.
The energy generated will support the energy requirements of GFG’s Whyalla Primary Steel plant, and contribute to the national electricity grid via the existing Cultana and Whyalla substations. The use of this energy is also forecast to offset 492,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide that would have otherwise been created from traditional energy generation every year.
Your views are important to us. We worked in partnership with Adelaide based Mint Research to conduct a survey of the local Whyalla community to confirm the communities positive sentiment towards the Cultana Solar Farm project.
SIMEC Energy Australia will be providing regular newsletters to keep the local community updated on news from the project. As these newsletters are released, copies of each edition will be available for download from this section of the website.
SIMEC Energy Australia will be undertaking comprehensive community engagement to make sure the community is informed and has an opportunity to provide input to the project.
We are committed to ensuring that all comments, concerns, and requests for information from the community are carefully considered. If you have a specific concern that you would like addressed, we ask that you register your concern via any of the channels listed on the Contact page of this website, or have a chat with us at any of the community events to ensure that it is logged and included as part of our considerations.
The following list details the previous community engagement events that you are welcome to attend and be part of. There are currently no future events planned, click the button below to join our mailing list and stay informed about the project.
Public Information Stall – Whyalla Show
The SIMEC Energy Australia team hosted a public information stall at the 2018 Whyalla Show. The project team spoke to community members about the project, the benefits it will provide, and the opportunities available for local people and businesses.
When: 18 and 19 August 2018, all day
Where: Whyalla Show
Public Information Session
Interested members of the community are invited to attend a public information session where members of the project team will be available to answer any questions.
When: 9 October 2018, 3pm-7pm
Where: Mt. Laura Homestead, 7-9 Ekblom Street, Whyalla Norrie
Business Information Session
The project team will present the opportunities and processes for involvement to the business community interested in working on the project.
When: 10 Oct 2018, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Mt. Laura Homestead, 7-9 Ekblom Street, Whyalla Norrie
Community Sausage Sizzle – Whyalla Christmas Pageant
Join us for a sausage sizzle and a chat after the Whyalla Christmas Pageant! We are partnering with the Whyalla Little Athletics Club to hold a sausage sizzle as part of the lively ‘After Pageant Fair’, with all proceeds from the sizzle going direct to the Club to help them continue their great work.
When: 24 November 2018, from 6pm
Where: ‘After Pageant Fair’, Ada Ryan Gardens, Whyalla
Browse our news articles on the Project to stay informed about the latest from the site and our engagement with the community.
SIMEC Energy Australia are committed to ensuring that all comments, concerns, and requests for information from the community are listened to and considered in the design of the Project.
If you have a request for further information, a specific positive or negative comment regarding the Project, or a specific concern that you would like addressed, we invite you to contact us via any of the following channels: