Wellington Solar Farm, New South Wales, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sat Apr 18 2020 08:13:10 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 174 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Wellington Solar Farm located two kilometres northeast of the town of Wellington in New South Wales.
  • 420 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 70,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 336,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational, which is the equivalent of taking 121,580 cars off the road.
  • 316 hectares
    of grazed agricultural land used, which has predominantly been used for sheep and cattle grazing. The project would connect to an existing substation south of the site which was identified by the company as an excellent solar resource.
  • 440,000
    Canadian Solar bifacial panels mounted on Array Technologies DuraTrack HZ v3 single-axis solar trackers.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: Lightsource BP 2) EPC & O&M: Sterling & Wilson 3) PPA: 15 year with Snowy Hydro.
  • ?
    estimated project cost.
  • ?
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • Jan 2018
    planned start of construction. The project will become fully operational in 12 months.
  • Aug 2019
    Project acquired by British-headquartered solar arm of oil major BP, Lightsource BP, from original developer First Solar.
  • Oct 2019
    Lightsource BP secures a senior debt facility with Dutch bank ING and Export Development Canada (EDC) signalling financial close.
  • Dec 2019
    India-based solar contracting giant Sterling and Wilson Solar appointed and EPC and this marks it entry into the Australian market. Construction on the project commences.