Clare Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Tue May 01 2018 23:06:27 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100 MW
    planned installed capacity of the proposed solar farm located around 35 km south-west of Ayr, near the village of Clare, in the shire of Burdekin in north Queensland.
  • 263 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 42,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 181,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 340
    hectares of rural land will be used for the farm. The site is currently used for growing sugar cane. The choice of location is driven by two main factors: 1) It has among the highest levels of solar irradiation in Australia. 2) Location makes it possible for exporting the solar farm’s electricity into the national electricity grid via the existing Clare substation.
  • ?
    high performance mono-crystalline Duomax panels rated at 1500 volts, supplied by China based Trina Solar, will be used.
  • 5
    major organisations involved: Project Developers: Lighthouse Infrastructure and DIF, EPC and O&M: Downer EDI, Solar Panels: Trina Solar, PPA: Origin Energy.
  • $400 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2017
    likely start of construction with the farm expected to be grid-connected and fully operational by early 2018.
  • May 2016
    13 year PPA signed with Origin Energy
  • 02 Jan 2017
    Financial close reached
  • 06 Mar 2017
    Trina Solar wins contract to supply solar panels.
  • 21 Apr 2017
    Powerlink commences work to expand its Clare South substation by adding a new substation bay. The expansion will connect the solar farm to Powerlink's 1,700 kilometre transmission network. Connection works are expected to be complete by Aug 2017.
  • 31 May 2017
    FRV sold the project to Lighthouse Infrastructure and DIF who acquired a 50% equity interest each in the project.
  • 11 Nov 2017
    Sea of solar panels awaiting to be installed at the farm.
  • Mar 2018
    Work on farm completed and feeding into the Powerlink sub-station. Awaiting formal commissioning.
  • 01 May 2018
    Farm starts feeding into the grid.