GREEN LIGHT FOR $120M SO­LAR FARM

Moura project to cre­ate 150 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd Zhanae.Con­way-Dodd@cap­news.com.au

MOURA has been cho­sen as ESCO Pa­cific’s new­est lo­ca­tion for a $120 mil­lion so­lar farm which will power 42,000 homes and pro­vide 150 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion.

De­vel­op­ment ap­proval for the re­new­able en­ergy project was granted by the Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil in April this year af­ter a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged with coun­cil in De­cem­ber 2017.

ESCO is now work­ing with Pow­er­link to­wards a grid con­nec­tion agree­ment in or­der to pro­ceed to the next stage of the project and start con­struc­tion.

Moura So­lar Farm project man­ager Rhi­an­non Olle said Moura was cho­sen based on many dif­fer­ent fac­tors.

“ESCO Pa­cific chose the so­lar farm site due to its prox­im­ity to Pow­er­link’s Moura Sub­sta­tion (the elec­tric­ity net­work), the large site area free of en­vi­ron­men­tal con­straints and the rel­a­tively high so­lar re­source in the area,” Ms Olle said.

Dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase more than 150 jobs would be gen­er­ated, with two full-time and six part-time po­si­tions dur­ing the op­er­a­tions phase.

“The project will gen­er­ate clean and re­new­able elec­tric­ity from the sun to power the equiv­a­lent of ap­prox­i­mately 42,000 homes,” Ms Olle said.

“The $120 mil­lion so­lar farm is a re­gion­ally sig­nif­i­cant project.

“The project will re­sult in in­vest­ment in the re­gion through em­ploy­ment (sub-con­trac­tors, labour and equip­ment) and ad­di­tional re­gional visi­ta­tion re­sult­ing in flow on ben­e­fits for ho­tels, shops, restau­rants and other lo­cal ser­vice providers.

“The project sup­ports on­go­ing di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of em­ploy­ment, ser­vices and the skilled labour pool,” Ms Olle said.

The pro­posed so­lar farm is a util­ity scale so­lar farm with a ca­pac­ity of up to 110 megawatts, which will be fed into the Na­tional Elec­tric­ity Mar­ket.

The project will be based on a site cov­er­ing 203 hectares which is cur­rently used for cat­tle graz­ing.

The so­lar farm will be made up of 330,000 so­lar pho­to­voltaic mod­ules, more com­monly known as PV mod­ules or so­lar pan­els.

The pan­els will be iden­ti­cal in type but larger in size to those used in res­i­den­tial so­lar in­stal­la­tions lo­cated on homes through­out Aus­tralia.

The so­lar pan­els will be in­stalled on ground-mounted frames that will slowly track the daily hor­i­zon­tal move­ment of the sun.

The so­lar pan­els will gen­er­ate di­rect cur­rent elec­tric­ity that will be in­verted to al­ter­nat­ing cur­rent via con­tainer­ised power con­ver­sion units.

The power con­ver­sion units lo­cated at the site will feed AC elec­tric­ity into an on-site power retic­u­la­tion sys­tem be­fore the power is cen­trally col­lected and dis­patched to the lo­cal elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion net­work via AusNet Ser­vices trans­mis­sion net­work.

PHOTO: MIKE RICHARDS GLA130418SLAR

PROJECT COM­ING: Style of so­lar pan­els to be used on the so­lar farm in Moura.

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