Cohuna Solar Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Wed Jul 08 2020 05:31:25 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 34.2 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Cohuna Solar Farm located in the Shire of Gannawarra, Victoria, approximately 8 kilometres south of the town of Cohuna. The project is 1 of 6 developments within the state to be awarded a supply agreement through the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme.
  • 77 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • ?
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 70,200 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 82.5
    hectares of two privately held farm land will be used. Project will be connected to the national grid via the 22kV AC connection to the Cohuna Zone Substation
  • 87,000
    Number of highly efficient bifacial modules will be used and these will be mounted on single-axis trackers.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: 1) Project owner and developer: Enel Green Power Australia, Leeson Group 2) EPC & O&M: Tempo Australia 3) Power distribution: Victoria Govt.
  • $59 million
    estimated project cost.
  • 100
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 4 - 6
    FTE during operational phase.
  • 1H2019
    planned start of construction. The project will become fully operational in 6 - 7 months.
  • Sep 2018
    Tempo Australia awarded $15 million contract for EPC services of the project.
  • 18 Apr 2019
    Enel announces start of construction of the farm.
  • Jun 2019
    Reports in May 2019 suggest that contractor Tempo Australia may be in trouble due to cost overruns in the project.However, the two parties (Enel and Tempo) have agreed in principle to convert the contracting model to a target cost estimate model in order to remove the potential for unresolved claims to blow out costs.
  • Nov 2019
    A total of 1,103 units of tracker structures were installed on site. The solar panels are fixed to the tracking system and track the angle of the sun along a single axis to obtain the maximum amount of energy possible.
  • Jan 2020
    A total of 86,688 solar panels were installed split between 54,768 on the north site and 31,920 on the south site. The modules installed are bi-faced panels that harness sunlight on both sides to achieve improved efficiency in energy generation.
  • May 2020
    Construction completed, the projects joins the queue for commissioning in Victoria state's troubled West Murray region.