Genex goes into buying and selling halt, forward of fund-raising for Jemalong photo voltaic farm

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Shares in energy technology developer Genex had been positioned right into a buying and selling halt at the moment as the corporate introduced plans to endure a $19.2 million capital elevating to fund the event of Jemalong Photo voltaic Undertaking close to Forbes in NSW.

Genex acquired the event rights to the 50MW Jemalong Photo voltaic Undertaking from Huge Photo voltaic final 12 months, and can use the funds to finish the development of the challenge, following its completion of the Kidston photo voltaic and pumped-hydro challenge in Queensland.

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Genex will provide $16.2 million in shares to new shareholders underneath the provide, with current shareholders additionally given the chance to bought as much as $15,000 of latest shares in a separate share buy plan, that can elevate an extra $three million.

The capital rising can be mixed with $12.5 million of Genex’s current money reserves to totally fund Genex’s fairness contributions for the Jemalong challenge.

Huge Photo voltaic had developed an preliminary 1MW pilot plant for concentrated photo voltaic thermal and sodium thermal storage, as a part of an ARENA supported demonstration challenge. The plan was to increase upon the pilot with a hybrid photo voltaic thermal and photo voltaic PV system, that will have been mixed with photo voltaic thermal and battery vitality storage.

The corporate has since offered of rights to the shovel-ready Jemalong challenge to give attention to the event of its photo voltaic thermal expertise.

The Jemalong Photo voltaic challenge will double Genex’s current renewable vitality portfolio alongside the finished 50MW first stage of the Kidston photo voltaic challenge, which commenced technology final 12 months.

Genex expects the challenge to double the corporate’s revenues from 2020, producing an extra $13-$15 million in income as soon as totally operational.

UGL has been introduced on to supply EPC providers to the challenge, the corporate having labored with Genex beforehand on the completion of stage 1 on the Kidston challenge and can present EPC providers to the stage 2 enlargement.

Genex plans to increase upon the Kidston challenge, which has mixed a large-scale photo voltaic improvement with a large-scale pumped hydro vitality storage established inside a former gold mine. Stage 2 of the Kidston challenge is presently underneath improvement, and can present 250MW of pumped-hydro vitality storage capability, with as much as 8-hours of saved vitality (2,000MWh).

The pumped-hydro challenge will repurpose of two wells on the deserted Kidston gold mine web site, profiting from a top distinction between the 2 wells to determine reservoirs with a top differential of as much as 218 metres. Water can be pumped between the wells, permitting for dispatchable vitality saved from the Kidston photo voltaic farm.

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Genex has beforehand secured a $516 million mortgage from the federal authorities, offered by way of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for the second stage of the Kidston challenge.

The mortgage for the pumped-hydro challenge from the NAIF got here as considerably of a shock, following immense scrutiny of the fund, and hypothesis that it might be utilized by the coalition authorities to underwrite a brand new coal generator in Queensland, or even the Adani coal mine.

It’s been a busy month of elevating funds for Genex, with the corporate asserting earlier in June that it had offered a $25 million stake within the firm to Japanese agency J-Energy, the proceeds being put in direction of the completion of stage 2 of the Kidston pumped-hydro storage challenge.

A deliberate stage three of the Kidston challenge will see the addition of 150MW of wind technology co-located on the photo voltaic and pump-hydro web site. The stage three challenge is presently present process a feasibility evaluation.

Genex will provide as much as 67.four million new shares within the firm, at a proposal value of 24 cents per share. Shares in Genex closed at 27 cents per share previous to the announcement of the buying and selling halt.

First technology from the Jemalong photo voltaic farm is anticipated in 2020, and can be offered into the Nationwide Electrical energy Market as a service provider/spot market generator.



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