Solar Farm to Power Australian Service Stations

Oil company bp wants to be a “net zero company” by 2050 or sooner.

March 15, 2021

Solar Farm

SYDNEY—Lightsource bp, a strategic partnership between solar veteran Lightsource Renewable Energy and the global energy giant bp, has announced that its soon-to-be-constructed West Wyalong solar farm will supply renewable energy to 88 of bp’s service stations across New South Wales, Australia, reports

This milestone is the result of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Snowy Hydro, owner-operator of the Snowy Scheme, a hydroelectricity and irrigation complex in southeast Australia, and the fourth largest energy retailer in the Australian National Electricity Market.

The agreement enables the building of a 107MWdc solar farm in West Wyalong, New South Wales. Through a 15-year PPA, Snowy Hydro will purchase two-thirds of the 238,000MWh generated each year from the solar farm, and Snowy-Hydro will supply 23,000MWh of renewable energy annually to bp for 10 years to meet the power requirements of its 88 service stations in New South Wales starting in January 2023.

“Powering these bp sites using renewable energy is a demonstration of our strategy in action and is another step towards our ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero,” said Frédéric Baudry, president, bp Australian and SVP of fuels and low-carbon solutions, Asia Pacific.

Fuel stations turning to solar for energy is a continuing trend. As NACS Daily reported last month, NACS member Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) recently unveiled its “Service Station of the Future,” a fully functioning station in Dubai that harnesses the power of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind. ENOC incorporated futuristic and energy-conserving elements in the station, which received the world's first LEED platinum certification, the highest rating a green building can receive. The futuristic station will be featured at EXPO 2020 Dubai when the event opens March 31, 2022