Floating solar plant in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

Last Modified: Tue Jan 30 2018 10:32:23 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100 kW
    planned installed capacity of a floating solar plant that will be built on top of the over flow pond of the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant.
  • 178,437 KWh
    of electricity that will be generated by the plant annually.
  • 12%
    of the electricity needs of the sewage treatment plant will be fulfilled by the installation.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the plant is operational.
  • ?
    acres of water surface of the over flow pond will be used. Floating solar is gaining traction as an option, particularly for water management companies and assets, as the cooling effect of the water is said to make the panels more efficient and increase their lifespan. In turn, the PV panels provide shading and reduce the loss of water from evaporation.
  • 280
    solar panels (each of 355Wp) mounted over 1,200 floats, along with 15 on shore and in water anchors and restraining systems.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: 1) Project part owner: Farming The Sun along with council 2) Consumer: Lismore City Council, 3) Installation: Suntrix Solar Systems, 4) Advisory: Ciel & Terre
  • ? million
    estimated project cost. 40+ investors have contributed to the funding of the project via Farming the Sun which is a community renewables groups.
  • $24,000
    Annual savings in electricity costs.
  • 11.6 years
    RoI
  • 16 Nov 2017
    The 280 solar panels and floatation devices are on site at the East Lismore Sewage Treatment Plant and installer Suntrix commenced assembly of the floating solar farm on the treatment plant overflow ponds.
  • 30 Jan 2018
    MP Ben Franklin formally launches the project.