Childers Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Fri Jun 05 2020 07:21:49 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 75 MW
    generation capacity of the Childers solar farm situated 15 kilometres south of Childers, Queensland.
  • ? GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 65,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 180
    hectares of land on which the farm will be sited. Bundaberg Council Planning and Development portfolio spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the project would be sited on two parcels of land bounded by the Bruce Highway and Broadhurst Homestead Road, Isis River.
  • 400,000
    solar panels will be used, enabled with automatic tracking to follow the sun and maximise collection hours. The farm will collect and convert solar power for distribution into the national electricity grid.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Elliott Advisers, Esco Pacific. EPC and O&M: Biosar Energy. PPA: Merchant mode.
  • $210 million
    estimated project cost. Affiliates of Elliott Advisors (UK) will own 100% of the projects, and are prepared to fund the projects through to connection entirely with equity. ESCO Pacific has been appointed as the asset manager for both projects under a long-term arrangement.
  • 150
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 15
    jobs during operational phase: 5 full time and 10 part time staff positions will need to be filled.
  • 3Q 2017
    likely start of construction. The project will become fully operational within 9 months.
  • 03 Jan 2017
    Application by Esco Pacific was approved by Bundaberg Regional Council's planning department.
  • 23 Jan 2018
    Financial close achieved. According to the company media release, the project will be financially backed by hedge funds managers Elliott Management Corporation, affiliates of Elliott will own 100 per cent of the projects, and are prepared to fund the projects through to connection entirely with equity.
  • Oct 2018
    Litzows Welding & Fabrication Pty Ltd undertaking welding of I-Beam steel posts for the single axis trackers. Over 500 to be welded with 300 completed.
  • Feb 2019
    Project now enters early stage of commissioning.