FIRST large solar for victoria
18 February 2017
The northern corner of Victoria is blessed with long days of sunshine and large areas of open agricultural land. This combination has led the Mildura and Swan Hill areas to lead Australia in grape, fruit and nut production.
OVERLAND Sun Farming has been working with the area to lead the way again, this time with large scale solar PV energy.
OVERLAND joined forces with UK-based solar energy group Island Green Power, to develop three large solar projects in the region that will have a capacity of over 320 MegaWatts of clean solar energy generation and provide enough energy to power over 600,000 homes.
The projects, located at Wemen, Yatpool and Iraak, have completed all planning studies and have been granted development approval by Council. In addition, Powercor Australia has signed agreements with OVERLAND to connect each of the projects to the state electrical grid system and orders have been placed for the large electrical equipment that is needed to connect the solar farm to the nearby electricity grid.
Construction works for the projects will start during 2017 and clean, solar energy will be flowing into the state's power system within about 12 months.
HUGHENDEN SUN FARM
14 January 2017
OVERLAND Sun Farming is completing the final stages of the Hughenden Sun Farm, located at Hughenden QLD along the famous outback Overland Trail.
The project is an exciting opportunity for the town of Hughenden in central west Queensland that is best known for its wide open spaces and large sheep and cattle stations. The project is being developed by OVERLAND and its project development partner Island Green Power, working with network company Ergon Energy and technology partners.
Flinders Shire Council approved the development of the Hughenden Sun Farm in July 2015 and since then, OVERLAND has worked with its development, engineering and technology partners on the detailed planning and engineering of the project. Work on the electrical connection to the Hughenden substation has been progressed with Ergon Energy. Once built, clean, renewable energy will be generated back into the network system that services out west to Mt Isa and east to Townsville.
When constructed, the 22.5 MegaWatt (MW) sun farm will provide enough clean energy for about 40,000 average homes and provide employment and contracting opportunities for the town and region.