Daydream Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Mon Apr 20 2020 07:30:54 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 150 MW
    installed capacity of the Daydream Solar Farm located a few kilometres north of Collinsville in North Queensland.
  • 398 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 55,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 320,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 1,070
    hectares of land will be used.
  • 1,500,000
    solar panels will be used. The First Solar Series 4 modules chosen for the projects are ideally suited to the hot and humid environmental conditions of the Whitsunday Region, due to a superior temperature coefficient, and better shading and spectral response. They will use single axis tracking technology which has been commissioned from Array Technologies.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: BlackRock Real Assets, Edify Energy 2) EPC & O&M: RCR Tomlinson 3) Power distribution: Origin Energy.
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    estimated project cost. $90 million in debt funding from CEFC (involving Commonwealth Bank and French investment bank Natixis) for both Hayman and Daydream solar farms. BlackRock Real Assets is providing equity (90%) towards the projects.
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    peak jobs during construction phase.
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    FTE during operational phase.
  • 3Q 2017
    planned start of construction. The project will become fully operational in mid 2018.
  • 11 Aug 2017
    Financial close announced by Edify Energy having secured equity funding from BlackRock Real Assets. The investment gives BlackRock a 90 per cent interest in the farm while Edify will retain 10 per cent of the equity interest.
  • 11 Aug 2017
    RCR Tomlinson awarded EPC and O&M contract with combined value of $315 million for Hayman and Daydream solar farms.
  • 11 Aug 2017
    Origin signs PPA to buy all the output and renewable energy certificates from Daydream solar farm until 2030.
  • 14 Aug 2017
    First Solar awarded contract by RCR Tomilson for supply of solar panels.
  • 17 Aug 2017
    Powerlink and Edify Energy finalise connection agreements for the Daydream and Hayman Solar Farms to be connected to Powerlink’s 275kV network near Collinsville.
  • 19 Oct 2017
    Road construction and fencing works begin at site.
  • 29 May 2018
    A generation authority application submitted to the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland.
  • Aug 2018
    Powerlink’s Crush Creek substation, the point of connection for both Daydream Solar Farm and Hayman Solar Farm, was energised and commissioned.
  • 25 Oct 2018
    Project connected to the network and commissioning tests commence.