Lakeland Solar Farm and Storage, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Tue Aug 11 2020 05:05:17 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 10.8 MW
    generation capacity of Conergy's Lakeland Solar Farm with Storage located 70 kilometres south west of Cooktown. It includes a 1.4 MW lithium-ion battery system that can store up to 5.3 MWh of energy. It is the country’s first large-scale co-located solar and battery energy storage project.
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    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 3,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
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    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year.
  • 60
    hectares of land within the existing wind farm range will be used.
  • 41,440
    ground mounted solar panels will be used along with with a 1.4MW/5.3MWh Conergy ‘CHESS’ storage solution that combined will create a consistent power supply, even during times of cloud cover.
  • 2
    major organizations involved: Project Developer, EPC and O&M: Conergy, PPA: Origin Energy
  • $43 million
    estimated project cost. $17.4 million debt funding from ARENA. Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB) has provided a 15-year non-recourse financing facility for the project.
  • 50
    peak jobs during construction phase of 6 months. BMD Constructions was sub-contracted for civil, mechanical and structural works.
  • 10
    jobs during operational phase.
  • 23 Aug 2016
    ARENA announces financial close of the Lakeland Solar & Storage Project.
  • 23 Aug 2016
    Conergy announces start of construction.
  • Apr 2017
    Expected completion/commissioning.
  • 19 Oct 2016
    Conergy appoints BMD Constructions, as the major sub-contractor to undertake civil, mechanical and structural works on the 60-hectare site. BMD will directly employ approximately 20 workers during the construction phase, some of whom will be local.
  • 08 Mar 2017
    50% of construction now completed.
  • 23 Mar 2017
    66% of construction now completed.
  • Feb 2018
    Project officially connects to the grid. The project had been due for completion nearly six months ago under its original timetable, but the complexity of the first-of-its-type project – for the developers, the local grid owner, and the market operator – pushed the timetable back.