Moree Solar Farm
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
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
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
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.
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