Yarranlea Solar Farm, Queensland, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Thu Aug 06 2020 06:43:06 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100 MW
    generation capacity of Risen Energy's Yarranlea Solar Farm located near Pittsworth, towards the west of Toowoomba. It is situated 170k m west of Brisbane on the Darling Downs in Queensland, Australia.
  • 264 GWh
    Annual generation capacity.
  • 32,000
    number of homes that the plant will power, once fully developed.
  • 124,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 250 hectares
    of sparsely vegetated farmland will be used. The project will connect to the power grid using the existing Ergon Energy infrastructure, located adjacent to the development site. This will allow transmission of power into Toowoomba via the Middle Ridge Bulk Supply Substation.
  • 372,833
    Number of Risen Energy solar panels ( 360/365W monocrystalline 1500VDC modules) installed on single-axis tracking arrays. Panels will be fixed on monopole structures arranged in solar arrays and positioned 1.2m above ground level.
  • 2
    major organisation(s) involved: 1) Project developer: Risen Energy 2) EPC contractor: Risen Energy, Monford Group 3) Power distribution: Merchant basis
  • $200 million
    Estimated project cost.
  • 200
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 02 Jan 2017
    Toowoomba Regional Council voted to approve the project.
  • 16 Feb 2018
    The Australian arm of Risen Energy acquires the Yarranlea Solar Farm, and will be taking the project from detailed engineering design to construction, commissioning and operations.
  • 20 May 2018
    Ground breaking ceremony at the site, signalling start of construction.
  • $50 million
    Value of contract awarded to Monford Group for the construction, while Byrne Surveyors conducted the survey works for construction monitoring. Sedl Civil Contractors are responsible for the bulk earthworks for the solar farm substation, while Yurika was engaged for the installation works.
  • Jul 2018
    Preliminary works completed, and Sedl Contractors commences next phase of construction involving bulk earthworks to prepare the site for installation of the solar panels and substation equipment. Work to develop a switching station along with Ergon Energy continues.
  • Feb 2019
    The bulk earthworks completed by Sedl and substation installation is being progressed by Yurika, the “commercial” arm of Energy Queensland. The primary construction contract has been awarded to Monford Group, Tracker assembly commenced mid-February with the first panels mounted shortly thereafter.
  • Jun 2019
    The project in the electrical installation phase. This includes the placing and cabling of the container mounted SMA inverters and routing of cables to connect the inverters to the solar farm substation - Andrew Owen, Risen Energy Australia’s Renewable Development Manager.
  • 28 Oct 2019
    construction completed and compliance testing phase underway. The project joins a queue of large-scale renewables projects awaiting the green light to start sending power to the grid.
  • 13 Jan 2020
    RenewEconomy and Paul McArdle at Global-Roam, the providers of RenewEconomy’s popular NEM-Watch widget, report the project has joined the Queensland grid, the 23rd large scale solar farm project to do so.