Hayman and Daydream Solar Farm built by First Solar

First Solar have won a module supply contract for Edify Energy‘s Daydream solar farm and Hayman solar farm in Queensland. RCR Tomlinson Ltd (ASX: RCR) was awarded the $315m contract for the farms and have decided to give the supply contract to First Solar, who now have over 500MW in the pipeline over the next 12 months. For their part, RCR have over half a Gigawatt of large-scale solar projects in their order book and over a Gigawatt currently being developed or progressed under early contractor involvement processes, according RCR Managing Director & CEO, Dr Paul Dalgleish talking to RenewEconomy.

Daydream Solar Farm and Hayman Solar Farm

First Solar - Daydream Solar Farm
First Solar – Daydream Solar Farm (source: firstsolar.com)

The Daydream solar farm will be 180.7MW and the Hayman Solar Farm will be 60.2MW – the two projects are located just north of Collinsville in North Queensland – in the Whitsunday region. According to ELP.com, they will use single axis tracking technology which has been commissioned from Array Technologies, and over 2 million advanced thin film PV modules from First Solar, to produce around 531,000 MWh of renewable energy every year.

Edify signed a power purchase agreement with Origin Energy for the Daydream solar farm’s output (they’ll also buy the renewable energy certificates), but the Hayman Solar Farm will operate as a merchant plant.

About First Solar and Edify Energy

First Solar, Inc. are an American based PV manufacturer of rigid film modules, or solar panels, and also a provider of utility-scale PV power plants. In 2009 they were the first solar panel manufacturer to lower their creation cost to $1 (USD) per watt. According to Wikipedia they produced CdTe-panels (cadmium telluride) with an efficiency of ~14% at a cost of 0.59 USD / watt in 2013. They’re the second largest maker of PV modules worldwide.

Edify Energy are an Australian renewable energy development and investment company who have led the financing and delivery of over 30 utility scale solar PV projects at a cost of over $1b. For the Daydream solar farm and Hayman solar farm, they won ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency) funding last September under their large-scale solar funding round.

More good news for Queensland solar farms – construction on the projects will commence almost immediately – scheduled for Q3 2017, with module delivery to arrive in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.

 

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Molong Solar Farm Development Application Tendered By Terrain Solar

Some big news out of  New South Wales today as a proposal for a 100 hectare Molong solar farm has been tabled. Molong is a small town in the Central West region of New South Wales, in Cabonne Shire.

About the proposed Molong Solar Farm

Terrain Solar have lodged a development application to build a 100 hectare solar farm around 3km north-east of Molong – right next to the Transgrid substation. The DA has been lodged with Cabonne Council and will be referred to the Joint Regional Planning Pannel for “assessment and determination”, as advised by Cabonne Mayer Ian Gosper.

Gosper was quoted very positively about these new developments, going on record as saying “If the solar farm is approved, it will be great news for Cabonne and the environment”. Upon construction, the farm will generate 62k MWh / year (enough to power over 10,000 households) and will provide energy to Molong, Orange, and Dubbo.

Molong Solar Farm
Molong Solar Farm (source: Terrain Solar)

According to Terrain, once they receive development application, they hope to commence work on the solar farm by the end of 2017. Simon Ingram and Chris Wilson, the directors of Terrain Solar, said the project represents their “core business mandate, which is to work with landowners to bring renewable energy investment into regional areas.” The construction phase is expected to create 100 temporary jobs and ongoing maintenance of the farm will result in 3-4 permanent positions.

Wilson said the full cost of the farm can’t be revealed yet due to competitive tender.

Manildra Solar Farm

The Molong solar farm would sit alongside a $109m solar farm which is due to start construction at Manildra, 20km west of Molong. The 48.5MW Manildra Solar Farm was approved last September and will be built by First Solar, who have over 17GW of PV power installed worldwide. The Manildra PV farm is slated to reach completion in 2018 and will provide energy to approximately 14,000 homes in the area.

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