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Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm

Two Spanish companies, Kingsway Europe and Elecnor, have developed of a 24 MW solar farm which could be Queensland’s largest solar farm approximately 5 kilometres east of the central-western town of Barcaldine.

The joint venturers have formed a company called Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm that would plan and develop the project of around 24MW, at a cost of around $69 million.

Barcaldine was selected as the ideal location for a solar farm because of the quality of sun in the area, and because it already had a gas-fired power station and suitable power infrastructure.

The solar farm is planned to have about 76,000 solar panels in an area of approximately 35 hectares.

In December 2015, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced that it would provide $22.8 million towards the project. The Clean Energy Finance Corporation will be providing another $20 million in debt finance.

Construction commenced in July 2016 and was completed in December 2016.

The developers said that, once the solar farm is completed, the possibility of incorporating battery storage will be considered. .

In February 2017, the solar farm was purchased by by the Foresight Group, one of Europe’s leading solar infrastructure investment groups.

In October 2017, approval was given for a second stage to provide an additionsl 50 MW. Construction was expected to begin in 2018. .

 

Company: Foresight Group

Capacity (MW): Stage 1: 24MW; Stage 2: 50MW

Status: Operating

Start Year: Stage 1: 2016; Stage 2: 2018

Technology: Photovoltaic

Fuel: Solar

Alternative Fuel: Possible future battery storage

Source of Information: http://barcaldinesolarfarmproject.com.au/project/ (March 2015)

Location

  • Capricorn Highway
    Barcaldine
    Barcaldine, Queensland 4725
    Australia