Gannawarra Solar Farm with battery storage, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Thu Apr 23 2020 06:00:19 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 60 MW
    installed capacity of the Gannawarra Solar Farm, located near Kerang along the NSW border. A 25MW/50MWh battery system will be integrated with the farm.
  • 116 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 26,606
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 62,756 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 132.4
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 175,000
    Trina Solar PV modules will be 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: RCR Tomlinson, Distributor: EnergyAustralia.
  • $? million
    project cost. ARENA and Victoria state govt. will each provide $25 million in funding for the battery systems to two projects, including this one.
  • 45
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 5
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2Q2017
    Installation of the solar panels expected to begin, with completion planned by 1Q2018.
  • 13 year
    PPA signed with EnergyAustralia.
  • 13 Mar 2017
    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.
  • 13 Mar 2017
    RCR Tomlinson has secured a more than $80 million contract with Edify Energy and Wirsol Energy for both engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) services.
  • 27 Feb 2018
    Tracking systems in place - these systems will track the sun, increasing the amount of light hitting the solar modules.
  • 22 Mar 2018
    ARENA and the Victorian state government announce joint funding for integration of a 25 MW / 50 MWh Tesla battery into the farm. The project will “demonstrate how an existing solar farm can be retrofitted with battery storage” - ARENA. Construction to start in March, and due for completion by next summer.
  • 17 Apr 2018
    Ganawarra Solar Farm connects to the grid. Becomes the first large-scale solar farm to be constructed and grid connected in Victoria. The commissioning process commences and full production is expected to be achieved in the next few weeks.
  • 11 Jun 2018
    First for more than 400 Tesla PowerPacks arrive on site.
  • 12 Nov 2018
    Project begins to operate at full capacity, having received approval from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for successfully passing all commissioning tests.
  • 15 Nov 2018
    Battery storage part of the project aka - Gannnawarra Energy Storage System (GESS) - reaches its own project milestone, completing the construction phase ahead of schedule. GESS’s owners, WIRSOL and Edify Energy, have overcome some unique regulatory and technical challenges to become the first battery storage system that has been retrofitted to an existing solar farm. The facility holds great significance and further demonstrates the great opportunity for integrating large-scale battery storage with solar projects.