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

Last Modified: Wed Jul 08 2020 04:22:51 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 87.5 MW
    installed capacity of Wirsol's Wemen Solar Farm, located in Wemen, Victoria.
  • 217 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 33,970
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 117,397 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 323
    hectares of land will be used for the solar farm.
  • 318,942
    Jinko solar modules will be mounted on NEXTracker mounting system.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Wirsol, EPC and O&M: RCR Tomlinson Ltd, PPA: Simec Zen, Merchant mode.
  • ?
    project cost.
  • 615
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 4Q2017
    Planned commencement of installation with completion expected mid 2018.
  • 13 Sep 2017
    Wirsol acquires the farm from Overland Sun Farming and UK-based group Island Green Power.
  • 14 Nov 2017
    Diversified engineering and infrastructure company, RCR Tomlinson Ltd announces that it has been selected as the Preferred EPC Contractor for two major contracts, totalling approximately $260 million for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) and Operation and Maintenance (“O&M”) for the 75 MW Clermont Solar Farm and the 88 MW Wemen Solar Farm.
  • 15 Dec 2017
    CEFC announced it had committed $97 million in senior secured debt that would enable WIRSOL to begin construction on the project as early as January 2018, before having secured a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the solar output.
  • 18 Dec 2017
    Wirsol today announced that it had reached financial close for the construction farm. The project will be financed on a fully merchant basis with a long-term debt facility from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and equity provided from WIRSOL’s parent WIRCON, headquartered in Germany.
  • Jan 2018
    Design commences.
  • Feb 2018
    Mobilization and construction commences.
  • 06 Jun 2018
    Piling underway.
  • 21 Jun 2018
    8 year power offtake agreement signed with Simec Zen for a majority of the farm's output, while the rest will be sold in merchant mode.
  • 28 Jun 2018
    Module installation commences.
  • 25 Jul 2018
    Module installation progresses.
  • 12 Nov 2018
    First generation milestone achieved. RCR Tomlinson will continue commissioning with the goal of achieving completion by year end.
  • 12 Feb 2019
    Project reaches 100% generation, ahead of its revised schedule and is currently in its final stages of commissioning.
  • Feb 2019
    Completion of commissioning and fully operational