Longreach Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Thu May 24 2018 05:17:59 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 15 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Longreach Solar Farm, located to the east of Longreach, an iconic Central Queensland hub, known for being the birthplace of Qantas.
  • 39.1 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 5,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 60
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 54,600
    Canadian Solar MaxPower2 CS6U solar modules will be used. The Project has been designed using single-axis tracking technology, the technology allows solar panels to tilt in the direction of the sun, maximising the total energy generated and the effectiveness and efficiency of each panel.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Canadian Solar, EPC and O&M: RCR O’Donnell Griffin, Distributor: TBD
  • $28.7 million
    project cost. $1.3 million grant from the ARENA. $12 senior debt finance from CEFC. Additional debt finance from Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
  • ?
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • Mar 2017
    Planned commencement of construction.
  • 08 Sep 2016
    Grant from ARENA secured.
  • 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.
  • 28 Apr 2017
    Project reaches financial close by securing $12 million senior debt funding from CEFC.
  • 03 May 2017
    RCR Tomlinson secures EPC and O&M contract for Longreach, Oakey and Darling Downs solar farms for a combined contract value of $225 million..
  • 04 Jan 2018
    Foresight Solar Fund Limited (FSFL) completes the acquisition of Canadian Solar's portfolio in Australia. The assets comprise the Longreach Solar Farm Oakey 1 Solar Farm and Oakey 2 Solar Farm with the FSFL acquiring 49% interests in each of Longreach and Oakey 1, and a 100% interest in Oakey 2.
  • 08 May 2018
    Longreach starts feeding into the grid.
  • 22 May 2018
    Project commissioned. Official opening ceremony held at site.