Whitsunday Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Thu Apr 05 2018 06:32:28 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 57.5 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Whitsunday Solar Farm, located a few kilometres north of Collinsville in North Queensland. The project is supported by both ARENA and the Queensland Government.
  • 144 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 33,028
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 77,904 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 148.4
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 215,280
    Trina Solar PV modules mounted on Array Technologies DuraTrack HZ v3 tracking system.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Wirsol (94.9%) and Edify Energy (5.1%), EPC and O&M: Bouygues Construction Australia, Distributor: Powerlink
  • $122.4 million
    project cost. $9.5 million grant from the ARENA It is also being supported by the Queensland Government’s Solar 150 program which will provide a 20 year revenue guarantee to the development.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • Q1 2017
    Installation of the solar panels expected to begin, with completion planned by Q1 2018.
  • 20 year
    power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Queensland Government for supply of power generated from the solar farm in September 2016.
  • 02 Mar 2017
    Execution of support deed that includes the project in the State's Solar 150 program thus providing a 20 year revenue guarantee, meaning financial contracts can now be delivered and construction can begin.
  • 13 Mar 2017
    Financial close achieved as Edify secures a long-term syndicated debt facility that will be provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and NORD/LB.
  • 27 Oct 2017
    Foundation of mounting systems being put in place.
  • 23 Nov 2017
    Mounting systems in place.
  • Feb 2018
    Transformer being installed at the Strathmore substation near Collinsville that will connect the farm to the electricity transmission network from March. Works being executed by Powerlink. The transformers arrived at the Port of Brisbane in mid-January and were transported more than 1250 km by road to site.