Moree Solar Farm Delivers
Elecnor has successfully completed its first solar photovoltaic farm in Australia, built for FRV.
This 70 MW complex is located in Moree in the Australian state of New South Wales. Made up of 223,960 panels covering 191 hectares, it has an annual output of 145,000 MWh, equivalent to the electricity consumed by roughly 24,000 households, and prevents the emission of around 95,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
The purpose of the solar farm is to produce clean renewable energy for at least the next 25 years and to help develop knowledge about the construction of large scale solar farms in Australia.
The project was funded by FRV with the support of the Australian government through a grant of AUD$101.7 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and debt on commercial terms from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
It is the largest solar project with a horizontal single-axis tracking system in Australia and Elecnor’s first major contract in the region following the establishment of its subsidiary in Melbourne specialising in the development of infrastructure and renewable energy businesses in the country.
This is a 25 MW facility that is being built in Barcaldine in the state of Queensland. The farm will occupy a 90-hectare site and its 79,000 photovoltaic panels will generate an estimated annual output of 56,000 MWh, sufficient to satisfy the consumption requirements of some 5,300 households.
Works are ongoing to commission all of the 28 power stations prior to energisation together with finalising all the interconnection works between the farm and the electricity grid.
This includes the 22/66kV substation and switch-yard located within the solar farm which is now substantially built, with solar panels fitted to the 32,000 piles over a period of 6 months by Green Light Contractors and their subcontractor CATCON.
The successful operation of a solar farm of this scale and nature demands bespoke and highly sophisticated control and data acquisition systems which will also continually monitor every aspect of the solar farm from the status of each individual tracking unit through to the instantaneous energy generation of the solar farm.
All communications, control and data acquisition systems are currently being integrated into the solar farm’s control centre.
Following the completion of all interconnection and communication works the solar farm will undergo rigorous testing to ensure compliance with all grid connection and operational requirements.