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

Last Modified: Wed Apr 29 2020 05:57:50 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 349 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Limondale Solar Farm located around 14 km south from the town of Balranald in south-western New South Wales.
  • ? GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 105,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 750
    hectares of land will be used for the farm. The site was identified by OVERLAND because of its location next to the Transgrid 220kV substation, the large open areas of land that have been cleared for wheat and cereal production and the long days of sunshine that occur in this region.
  • 868,000
    solar panels will be used on mounting structures across the site.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: Innogy 2) EPC and O&M: Belectric 3) Distribution: TBD.
  • $150 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 7
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 2Q2018
    Expected start of construction. Full commercial operation is expected by the end of 2019.
  • 01 Sep 2017
    Planning consent awarded by the NSW State Government.
  • 15 Feb 2018
    German energy giant Innogy purchases the farm from Overland.
  • 11 Jul 2018
    Innogy awards EPC and O&M contract to its subsidiary Belectric. Germany-based Belectric secures the engineering, procurement and construction as well as operations and maintenance contracts for the project.
  • 26 Sep 2018
    Preparation works and pre-pilling tests are currently underway, and main works are expected to commence this October.
  • 18 Oct 2018
    Belectric awards the contract to build to Downer Group. Notice to proceed has been issued to Downer, and construction is expected to be complete in 2020.
  • 17 Dec 2018
    Site access road to the compound area complete from the Yanga Way.
  • Mar 2019
    UPDATE: Daily delivery of piles, cables, PV solar and other items being received at around 16 containers per day. The extensive perimeter fencing (18km) is completed and a number of temporary workshops and stores assembled. Piling of the PV module supports commences. 2 piling rigs already installed several hundred steel piles. 4 inverter modules arrive on site.
  • Jun 2019
    PV panels and tracker systems now mechanically complete and inverter modules are being electrically connected. Commissioning works on small substation started. The SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system is being set-up and tested.
  • 27 Jun 2019
    The grid connection for the smaller first part of the site completed by grid operator TransGrid. Commissioning works on the smaller substation and the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system progressing. Installation and connection works of PV panels and tracker systems continue.
  • 12 Aug 2019
    The substation for the smaller first part of the site (Limondale 2) successfully been energised and first electricity generated. Over one third of the solar farm’s 58,000 piles are installed. A new O&M building and adjacent store are nearing completion, which will house the operational team.
  • 30 Oct 2019
    30% of solar panels installed. Piling works keep progressing, over 41,000 of 58,000 piles are in the ground. 43 of the 57 inverter stations are now installed. The substation of the bigger second part of the site (Limondale 1) has been completed by grid operator TransGrid.
  • 20 Dec 2019
    The substation of the bigger second part of the site (Limondale 1) is successfully been energised and the first electricity generated. Limondale 1 will now be sequentially commissioned over the next months, as construction works continue to progress. Limondale 2, the smaller first part of the site, has successfully achieved market registration and will commence a period of detailed grid connection and commissioning tests in 2020.
  • 80%
    of panels now installed. Grid connection and commissioning tests of Limondale 2, the smaller first part of the site, continue and its electricity export to the grid is slowly being increased