Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Tue Aug 07 2018 09:48:09 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 15 MW
    installed capacity of the solar PV based farm located at 909 Yandina-Coolum Road in the locality of Valdora. The farm is Australia's first local government solar farm and will power all of council's facilities and operations.
  • 15 MWh
    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.
  • 49
    hectares of land available for the farm, of which only 24 will be used. The site is adjacent to Energex’s 33kV power line which is capable of receiving the solar farm’s power output.
  • 57,800
    single axis tracking solar PV panels manufactured by Trina Solar will be installed.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Sunshine Coast City Council, EPC: Downer Utilities and Energex, Distribution: Diamond Energy
  • $48.5 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 100
    peak jobs during construction phase most were employed on site by the lead contractor, Downer Utilities, and 10 local companies were sub-contracted to complete on-site work – from earthworks to drilling, fencing and construction.
  • ?
    jobs during operational phase.
  • $22 million
    Savings for council, after costs, over a 30-year period based on today’s electricity costs, which are anticipated to increase substantially in the future.
  • Q4 2016
    start of construction with planned completion by mid 2017.
  • 12 May 2017
    Last of the 57,800 panels bolted in place.
  • 24 Jul 2017
    The farm is officially commissioned after more than 4 years in the making.
  • $1.7 million
    Savings realized on completion of 1st year of operation. Click/Tap to see more impressive performance metrics upon completion of one year of operation.