IBA’s renewable energy focus is centered on identifying opportunities to partner Indigenous organisations to decarbonise the economy through the deployment of renewable energy and energy storage solutions having suitable offtake arrangements. In addition to this, IBA is actively looking to promote the development of reliable clean energy in regions or communities located on the edge of electricity networks or off grid situations.
Northam Solar Farm
The Northam Solar Farm was developed under a partnership between IBA and Bookitja Pty Ltd (Trustee for the Ngangk Trust), who are part of the Whadjuk Foundation Inc which aims to provide a sustainable economic base for future generations of Whadjuk people who reside in the Perth region.
The Northam Solar Farm is located on Ballardong Noongar Boodja country, on the outskirts of Northam approximately 100 km from Perth. The 10MW Northam Solar Farm consists of 33,600 solar panels and is constructed over 25 hectares. The solar farm provides renewable, sustainable, zero emission, electricity, powered by Western Australia’s Wheatbelt sunshine.
The solar farm was fully commissioned in December 2018, delivering enough electricity for approximately 4,000 households (22,000 MWh) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17,000 tonnes per year - the equivalent of taking 3,500 cars off the road.
In September 2023, IBA and Bookitja completed the sale of the Northam Solar Farm to Infinite Green Energy Ltd.