Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Fri Jun 05 2020 05:51:47 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 25 MW
    generation capacity of the solar PV based farm located approximately five kilometres east of the central western Queensland township of Barcaldine.
  • 53,500 MWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 9,800
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 50,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year.
  • 93
    hectares of land on which the farm will be sited. Located approximately five kilometres east of Barcaldine on the Capricorn Highway, the proposed project site is adjacent to major existing power infrastructure including a transmission substation and gas power station.
  • 78,000
    single axis tracking solar PV panels have been installed, which will have a capacity of 20 MWAC (25 MWDC) when fully operational.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developers: Kingsway Europe and the Australian arm of Elecnor, EPC and O&M: Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd, Distribution: Merchant mode.
  • $69 million
    estimated project cost. $22.8 million in funding received from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $20 million debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
  • $42.8 million
    external funding - $22.8 million in funding received from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $20 million debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
  • 175
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    jobs during operational phase.
  • ?
    start of construction.
  • 14 Dec 2016
    Farm begins generation and starts feeding solar power into the national grid two months ahead of schedule. Expected to be fully operational by Apr 2017.
  • 17 Feb 2017
    Foresight Group, Europe’s leading solar infrastructure investment firm, acquires the farm. The group announced the acquisition on behalf of KDB Infrastructure Investments Asset Management Co. Ltd ("KIAMCO”) and Hanwha Energy ("Hanwha”). KIAMCO and Hanwha have provided equity financing for the project.
  • Mar 2017
    Elecnor announces that it is expanding the existing farm and adding another 50 megawatts of generating capacity. 180 hectares of land adjoining the existing 90 ha site had been secured and approval to extend the existing development application was being sought.
  • May 2017
    Project generating to full capacity, two months ahead of schedule.