Griffith Solar Farm in Regional New South Wales - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sat May 16 2020 04:59:54 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 30 MW
    generation capacity of the Griffith Solar Farm located in the town of Yoogali, a few kilometers south-east of Griffith in New South Wales.
  • 76 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 11,500
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 66,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational - equivalent to taking 22,000 cars off the road.
  • 100
    hectares of land will be used for the farm. Neoen obtained a 30-year lease for use of Yoogali farm land owned by local Gloria Badoco.
  • 112,000
    solar panels will be used. The project will feature single-axis tracking technology, which is more efficient in capturing the sun's energy than fixed solar PV. Array Technologies DuraTrack HZ v3 will be used as the tracking system.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: Neoen 2) EPC contractor: Bouygues Construction Australia 3) Power distribution: ENGIE.
  • $62.2 million
    estimated project cost.
  • $? million
    $ ? in long term debt financing by CEFC. $4.50 million in grant funding by ARENA.
  • 100
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2017
    planned start of construction. The project will become fully operational in ?
  • 23 Jan 2017
    Farm achieves financial close after Neon secured financing from Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The CEFC will provide a combined funding of $150 million for 3 of Neon's solar farms in NSW - Griffith, Dubbo and Parkes.
  • Feb 2017
    Start of construction.
  • Apr 2018
    Construction completed and farm is generating power.
  • Jul 2017
    Simultaneous constructions of piles and solar panels commences.
  • Aug 2017
    100% piles installed, 50% of modules installed, 100% inverters delivered onsite.
  • Sep 2017
    All substation equipment delivered, 100% of modules installed, Mechanical Completion Certificate obtained.
  • Oct 2017
    HV connection completed, Solar Tracker Testing commences.
  • Nov 2017
    HV connection to Transgrid substation completed.
  • Mar 2018
    Construction completed and farm is generating power.
  • 01 May 2018
    Farm feeding power into the grid.