Solar farm contract secured

13/04/2016

Sunshine Coast - Solar - ground breaking v2

Downer's footprint in the renewable sector has been expanded with Sunshine Coast Council selecting us to Design, Construct, Operate and Maintain (DCOM) a 15 MWAC solar farm at Valdora, six kilometres inland from Coolum Beach and the Sunshine Coast airport. 

The contract is worth about $37m.

“As one of the largest and most experienced providers in renewable energy, we are delighted to partner with Sunshine Coast Council in their next step towards realising their aspiration to become Australia’s most sustainable region by designing, constructing, operating and maintaining the largest solar farm in Queensland,” said Trevor Cohen, Executive Director, Downer Utilities.

“The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm construction will see Downer install more than 57,000 PV (photovoltaic) modules, close to 1,500 support structures, and six inverter stations as well as a number of civil and structural work including a control room, access track and road widening, and medium voltage (MV) underground lines.

“The innovation we are applying to the project will see the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm become the first solar farm in Australia to operate at 1,500 VDC. Currently, solar farms in the country are built to 1,000 VDC.”

Construction will start in June, and when complete, the Sunshine Coast solar farm will connect into Energex’s network and feed power into the Queensland grid.

The Operate and Maintain part of the contract is for two years, with Council options for another three years.

Pictured: Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson with Trevor Cohen, Executive Director, Downer Utilities at the ground breaking ceremony.