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Australia

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, equiva-

lent to the electricity consumed by roughly

24,000 households, and prevents the emission

of around 95,000 tonnes of CO

2

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 sin-

gle-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 devel-

opment of infrastructure and renewable energy busi-

nesses 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 rig-

orous testing to ensure compliance with all grid connec-

tion and operational requirements.

Elecnor

CATCON

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