Darling Downs Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Sun Mar 25 2018 19:00:22 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 110 MW
    planned installed capacity of the proposed solar farm to be built at a site approximately 45 km from the town of Dalby in south-western Queensland.
  • 609 MWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 32,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the farm.
  • 400,000
    solar panels will be used on mounting structures across the site.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: APA Group 2) EPC and O&M: RCR Tomlinson 3) Distribution: Origin Energy.
  • $216.7 million
    estimated project cost.
  • $20 million
    in grant funding from ARENA approved on 08 Sep 2016.
  • ?
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • Jul 2017
    Expected commencement of project. Project will take approximately one year to construct.
  • 27 Jan 2016
    Development approval obtained from Western Downs Regional Council.
  • 01 May 2017
    Origin Energy sells Darling Downs Solar Farm to APA Group and agrees to buy all of the power generated from the farm from 2018 to 2030. This also marks the financial close for the farm, as APA will fund the development of the farm on its own, apart from the $20 million funding received from ARENA.
  • 02 May 2017
    APA Group awards contract to RCR Tomlinson Ltd valued at approximately $175 million. RCR’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) and commissioning of the solar farm, including associated substations and grid connection works.
  • 23 Jan 2018
    Construction of 350 metres of new transmission line on three new transmission poles commences; this will connect the farm to the state’s electricity network later this year. Works will be undertaken by Powerlink.
  • 23 Jan 2018
    Bird's eye view capturing the progress of the farm - image courtesy Powelink
  • 22 Mar 2018
    Bird's eye view capturing the progress of the farm - image courtesy Origin Energy