Emu Downs Solar Farm, Western Australia, Australia

Last Modified: Sun Mar 25 2018 21:09:52 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 20 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Emu Downs Solar Farm, located around 200 km north of Perth and 30 km east of Cervantes. It is adjacent to APA’s existing Emu Downs Wind Farm.
  • ? GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 6,700
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 35,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 70
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 75,168
    solar panels will be used. The farm utilises the NEXTracker single axis tracking system to optimise the efficiency of the PV panels.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: APA Group, EPC and O&M: UGL Limited, Distributor: Synergy
  • $47.2 million
    project cost. $5.5 million grant from the ARENA. Financial closure pending.
  • 100
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2017
    Construction the farm is scheduled to commence in early 2017 for completion by Jan 2018.
  • 12 year
    PPA signed with Synergy on 12 Dec 2016.
  • 11 Dec 2016
    APA awards UGL $41m contract for the EPC of the farm. UGL will also undertake O&M.
  • Apr 2017
    Commencement of construction with completion expected in Jan 2018.
  • Dec 2017
    Completion of construction - 3 weeks ahead of schedule.
  • 02 Mar 2018
    Farm is officially open for business!