Numurkah Solar Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Thu Apr 23 2020 05:47:55 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100 MW
    installed capacity of the Numurkah Solar Farm located on two properties along Wunghnu Rd east of Wunghnu, Victoria.
  • 255 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 48,000
    approximate number of households that are being powered by the farm each year.
  • ?
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational. This reduction will be equivalent to taking either 75,000 cars off the road or planting 390,000 trees.
  • 515
    hectares of two privately held farm land will be used.
  • 373,839
    high-efficiency mono-crystalline panels supplied by LONGi Solar have been used.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: Neoen 2) EPC & O&M: Downer EDI 3) Power distribution: Merchant mode
  • $198 million
    estimated project cost. Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has committed $56 million in debt finance. The debt finance syndicate for the Numurkah project also includes clients managed by Vantage Infrastructure, an independent specialist investment manager, as well as German Landesbank NORD/LB.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 5
    FTE during operational phase.
  • Feb 2018
    planned start of construction. The project will become fully operational in 6 - 7 months.
  • 23 Aug 2017
    Moira Shire Council approves the Numurkah Solar Farm.
  • 23 Aug 2017
    Neoen wins Victoria govt. reverse auction tender to supply 38 MW of the farm's capacity for powering Melbourne's Yarra Trams network.
  • 03 May 2018
    NEOEN CEO, Xavier Barbaro, and GFG Alliance executive chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, sign a 15-year power purchase agreement for SIMEC ZEN Energy to take around 60% of output from the project for its Laverton steelworks.
  • 26 Jul 2018
    Project reaches financial close after receiving $56 million in debt funding from Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). Construction expected to begin next week. The first panels will be installed in October, with completion expected next May.
  • 27 Jul 2018
    Downer EDI announces it had been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract worth approximately $160 million for the project.
  • Nov 2018
    Construction of internal roads and extended construction compounds reaching completion.
  • Jan 2019
    Installation of panels is now complete in the North half of the site. Delivery of all piles, tracker equipment and modules is now complete. Installation and delivery of Power Conversion Units has commenced and will continue over the weeks to follow. High Voltage (HV) transformer foundation works and substation trenching is now complete. HV transformers have been delivered to site, set in place and are being fitted out.
  • 13 May 2019
    Project begins sending power to Victoria’s grid. Photo credits: Paul McArdle from Global Roam, RenewEconomy
  • 18 Jul 2019
    Production reaches full capacity and project is formally commissioned. Neoen announced the project has commenced full-scale commercial operation. The official opening took place with the Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio, Victoria Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.