Feb 16, 2018

Transformers arrive to bring solar farms online

Transformers arrive to bring solar farms online

Two transformers are being installed at the Strathmore substation near Collinsville to allow new solar farms to join the electricity transmission network from March.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the transformers were the most significant pieces of equipment needed to complete the connection of the Whitsunday and Hamilton projects to the transmission network.

The $122 million Whitsunday project and $138 million Hamilton project are being developed by Australian renewable energy company Edify Energy and its German investor WIRSOL.

Queensland Energy Minister Anthony Lynham.

“These solar farms will generate 115 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, enough to power the equivalent of 62,000 average Queensland homes after they join the grid in March,” Dr Lynham said.

The transformers arrived at the Port of Brisbane in mid-January and were transported more than 1250km on two long-load platform trailers.

When fully assembled, they will each weigh close to 110-tonnes and stand 6m tall.

Powerlink is scheduled to start commissioning connections for the solar farms next month.

WIRSOL managing director Mark Hogan said construction at the solar farms was on schedule to meet their proposed commissioning date and they would soon be producing a significant volume of clean energy for the region.

Another three solar farm projects under way in the Collinsville area – the Daydream, Hayman and the Collinsville Solar PV projects – are due to be completed later this year.

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