Emerald Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia

Last Modified: Mon Dec 03 2018 05:46:26 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 68 MW
    planned installed capacity of Emerald Solar Farm, located on the western periphery of Emerald, Central Queensland.
  • ? GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year.
  • 35,000
    approximate number of households that could have been powered by the farm each year; however the farm will supply its entire capacity to Telstra.
  • 200,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year once the farm is fully operational.
  • 160
    hectares of land - used predominately for cropping - will be used for the solar farm. The project will connect to Ergon Energy’s distribution network at the Emerald Substation via a new 66 kilovolt (kV) transmission feeder from the site's switching station to a tee off point on the existing Lilyvale - Emerald 66kV line.
  • 261,696
    solar modules will be mounted on a single tracker mounting system.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Lighthouse Infrastructure and RES Australia, EPC and O&M: RCR Tomlinson Limited, PPA: Telstra.
  • ?
    project cost.
  • 150
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2H2017
    Planned commencement of construction. It is expected that construction of the project will take less than 12 months to complete.
  • May 2017
    Development approved by the Central Highlands Regional Council.
  • Jun 2017
    Telstra announced it had entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with RES Australia. Under the purchase agreement, Telstra will secure long-term supply and price security from a new high-quality renewable energy source while providing RES with the security of the off-take for the new plant. The arrangement will help Telstra offset the high cost of its energy consumption, which accounts for nearly 1 per cent of Australia’s total demand.
  • 26 Oct 2017
    Financial close reached with Lighthouse Infrastructure having acquired 100% of the project through its Lighthouse Solar Fund. RES Australia will however undertake both construction management and asset management services on behalf of Lighthouse.
  • 26 Oct 2017
    RCR Tomlinson appointed as EPC and O&M contractors.
  • 14 Mar 2018
    25% of construction completed according to a statement made by RES Australia asset management services manager Tanya Jacksonand reported by Central Queensland News. She also added, so far, construction was proceeding as per plan.
  • $50,000
    Project's contribution to the Western Kangoulo scholarship program to support local indigenous students, who are interested in progressing vocational or tertiary education at Central Queensland University.
  • 11 Oct 2018
    Project declared fully operational.