Jobs and solar equipment deals in new project


IMPRESSIVE PROJECT: An artist's impression of the SIME/ZEN Energy Cultana Solar Farm.

SIMEC Energy Australia (SEA) and ZEN Energy have advised Council they will be at the Whyalla Show this weekend to tell people about job and power storage equipment opportunities from the new Cultana Solar Farm.

Read their statement below:

Numerous Energy Benefits for Whyalla

Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance is yet again delivering benefits to the Whyalla community – this time through job opportunities and solar energy savings via its SIMEC Energy Australia (SEA) and ZEN Energy businesses – and is welcoming residents to learn more at this weekend’s Whyalla Show.

With construction of the Cultana Solar Farm getting closer, SEA and the project’s contract partner Shanghai Electric are now putting the call out to the community to source as many local workers and suppliers for the project as possible. There will be up to 350 positions on offer during construction and a further 10 ongoing jobs after the solar farm is complete and operational.

SEA CEO Marc Barrington has reaffirmed the company’s commitment to a ‘local first’ approach in filling these positions, aiming to maximise the benefits for the local Whyalla community.

Roles include electricians, operators, logistics experts and general labour; while supply of machinery, transport, contract employees, storage and a host of other products and services are critical.


JOBS FOR LOCALS: There will be 350 construction jobs and 10 ongoing jobs at the Cultana Solar Farm.

The broader community is also not missing out on the opportunities, with ZEN Energy recently launching exclusive discounts on home solar and battery storage for all Whyalla GFG employees, which is now open to all family and friends of GFG employees across the region.

As well as around 250 local GFG employees having already registered for the offer, ZEN Energy is keen to hear from all other GFG employees in the region – as well as their family and friends – to ensure the program delivers the largest possible benefits for the Whyalla community.

“The exclusive discounts include thousands of dollars’ worth of savings on high‐quality solar energy and battery systems, including Tesla Powerwall,” Mr Barrington said.

“ZEN is also approved by the SA Government to help customers access an additional subsidy of up to $6000 for a home battery purchase through the SA Home Battery Scheme.

“These systems have the potential to cover off as much as 90 per cent of a home’s energy needs, and deliver thousands of dollars of savings on residents’ energy bills every year. With such large benefits on offer from solar and batteries, we’re doing all we can to make it as accessible as possible for everyone in Whyalla and hope everyone can jump on the scheme.”

To support these initiatives, SEA and ZEN Energy are inviting all GFG employees and Whyalla residents to visit them in the stadium at this year’s Whyalla Show. They can learn about and register their interest for the various employment, supply and discount opportunities available, as well as finding out more about the Cultana Solar Farm project and meeting members of both teams face‐to‐face.

For more information about the Cultana Solar Farm, please contact the SEA team on 1300 409 928 or via

SIMEC Energy Australia and ZEN Energy representatives will be in the stadium at the Whyalla Show this weekend. Anyone interested in booking a one-on-one session with them can do so here:

The offer is available for all GFG employees and their family and friends right now, as part of ZEN Energy honouring a commitment to GFG staff across the country. If you aren’t an employee or know someone who is, rest assured that ZEN is still keen to hear from you and will be active in the Whyalla community in the coming months to provide a range of benefits and offers to everyone across Whyalla and make sure everyone in the community has the chance to lower their bills with solar and battery storage.


MASSIVE: An artist's impression of the new Cultana Solar Farm.

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