Manildra Solar Farm, New South Wales, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Wed May 06 2020 05:50:31 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 48.5 MW
    generation capacity of the Manildra Solar Farm, located approximately 1 km east of Manildra, in the shire of Cabonne, New South Wales.
  • 120 GWh
    of electricity will be generated in the first year.
  • 14,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 91,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 120
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 543,000
    First Solar advanced thin film PV modules. Type: Single-Axis Tracking.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: New Energy Solar, First Solar, EPC and O&M: RCR Tomlinson, PPA: EnergyAustralia
  • $109.3 million
    project cost. $10.9 million grant from the ARENA. Financial closure pending.
  • ?
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2017
    Construction the Manildra solar farm is scheduled to commence in early 2017 for completion in 2018.
  • Dec 2016
    13 year power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with EnergyAustralia
  • 27 Mar 2017
    Project achieves financial close.
  • 27 Mar 2018
    RCR Tomlinson awarded an $85 million contract for the design and construction of the farm. RCR’s scope of works will include the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) as well as commissioning of the solar farm, associated substations and grid connection works.
  • 08 May 2018
    Manildra starts feeding into the grid.
  • 25 Jun 2018
    Newly listed company New Energy Solar inks a deal to buy the farm. NEW announced it has agreed to buy the solar farm based on an enterprise value of $A113 million, targeting a 5-year average gross yield of 7.6 per cent for – versus 6.6 per cent expected yield for the current US operating portfolio in 2018.