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

Last Modified: Tue Apr 28 2020 06:02:42 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 170 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Finley Solar Farm located 6km west of the township of Finley and 140 km west of Albury, New South Wales.
  • ? GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 90,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 400,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 300
    hectares of land currently used for agricultural purposes, mainly grazing and cropping activities will be the site for the farm. The project site was chosen as it has proximity to the TransGrid network, access from the Riverina Highway and relatively flat land.
  • 490,000
    Canadian Solar's 1500V high efficiency KuMax modules (CS3U-P) will be installed on single-axis solar tracking systems.
  • 5
    major organizations involved: Project Developer: John Laing Group, ESCO Pacific, EPC and O&M: Canadian Solar, Signal Energy, Distribution: Merchant mode, BlueScope Steel
  • $170 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    jobs during operational phase.
  • 2H2018
    likely start of construction take approximately nine months to complete.
  • 09 Feb 2018
    Farm get nod for development approval from NSW govt.
  • 20 Jul 2018
    Australian steel giant BlueScope signs 7 year PPA to buy 66% of the output of the farm, including Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs), to help power its Port Kembla Steelworks.
  • Nov 2018
    John Laing announces financial close for the project having acquired 100% of the project from ESCO Pacific and securing debt financing.
  • Dec 2018
    Pre construction works begin at site.
  • Jan 2019
    Canadian Solar announces it has been it will be partnering with Signal Energy to provide Engineering, Procurement and Constructions (EPC) services and supply solar modules to the project.
  • 07 Aug 2019
    Canadian Solar announces Stage 1 or an equivalent of 85 MW is installed and tested and ready for back energisation from the substation operated by TransGrid.