Kidston Solar Farm - Phase I, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Tue Dec 05 2017 07:01:52 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 50 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Kidston Solar Farm, located in Northern Queensland on the site of the historical Kidston Gold Mine. The site is situated some 270km north west of Townsville, near the township of Georgetown.
  • 145 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 26,484
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 120,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 540,000
    solar modules will be used. The Kidston solar farm will utilize First Solar's 4v3 Modules (S4-Modules) of advanced thin film series. The functionality of the S4-Modules has been proven to deliver a high level of performance worldwide. The modules will be ideal to suit the hot and humid climates at the Kidston site.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Genex Power, EPC and O&M: UGL Limited, Distributor: Ergon Energy
  • $126 million
    project cost. $8.85 million grant from ARENA. $54 million in debt funding from CEFC. $ 46 million from Société Générale.
  • 100
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • Jan 2017
    Installation of the solar panels expected to begin, with completion planned by Dec 2017.
  • 20 year
    power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Queensland Government for supply of power generated from the solar farm in September 2016.
  • 14 Feb 17
    Financial closure obtained as debt funding secured via Clean Eenergy Finance Corporation and Societe General.
  • 22 Feb 2017
    Ground breaking ceremony held at site.
  • Jul 2017
    Solar panels assembled at a workshop onsite.
  • Jul 2017
    Assembled panels being delivered to field for mounting.
  • 03 Aug 2017
    Arrays mounted on tracking systems on field.
  • Aug 2017
    Continued installation of modules, pilings and trackers.
  • Aug 2017
    Cut-over works successfully completed for the 132kV line into the Ergon-Kidston substation.
  • Sep 2017
    Main transformer delivered to site.
  • Sep 2017
    Inverter module installed.
  • 27 Sep 2017
    Ergon Energy delivered this enormous switchroom.
  • 23 Nov 2017
    First energisation of solar substation achieved. Energisation is one of the most important testing and commissioning steps before electricity can be exported from the Project into the National Electricity Market (NEM).
  • 04 Dec 2017
    The first stage of the Kidston Energy Park powers up. Electricity produced from the Project is now being transmitted into the National Electricity Market (NEM). As commissioning for the Project is completed over the coming months, electricity generation will be ramped-up until full capacity has been reached, at which point the 20-year Revenue Support Deed with the Queensland State Government will be initiated.