- Wiring of the first tracker motor now underway
- The first of two substations has been installed
- Installation of inverter modules continues
innogy is developing a new solar photovoltaic plant at Limondale with a planned installed capacity of 349 megawatts. This large-scale plant will be located in Australia at Balranald, New South Wales. The solar farm will be made up of approximately 872,000 panels and cover an area of 900 hectares which is equivalent in size to around 415 football fields. Full commercial operation is expected mid of 2020.
Construction Update 2019
15 May 2019: Pile installation continues
17 April 2019: First PV panels are installed
- Pile installation continues, with around 10% of 66.000 piles now installed
- Erection of the tracker support frames and PV panels has commenced
- Electrical cable installation is progressing
12 March 2019: Foundation works have started
- Daily delivery of piles, cables, PV solar and other items are being received at around 16 containers per day
- The extensive perimeter fencing (18km) is complete and a number of temporary workshops and stores have also been assembled.
- Piling of the PV module supports has commenced. Two piling rigs have already installed several hundred steel piles.
- The four inverter modules have arrived on site
17 January 2019: Main components arrived on site
- Site facilities are being established and vegetation is being cleared.
- Areas for deliveries and temporary workshops are being set up, ready to receive the first deliveries of materials and components that are due this month.
- Works on the site perimeter fence are also scheduled to begin shortly.
17 December 2018: Pre-construction works have been completed
- Site access road to the compound area is complete from the Yanga Way
- Construction has started
26 September 2018: Financial close reached for Australia’s largest solar farm
Following the completion of the acquisition in mid-September, the company has taken the final investment decision for a solar power plant with an installed capacity of 349 megawatts peak.
Limondale, Australia’s largest solar project to date, is located near Balranald, New South Wales.
14 February 2018: innogy SE is expanding solar business to Australia
Just one year after the successful acquisition of the international solar and battery storage specialist BELECTRIC, innogy SE is progressing in growing a value accretive solar business through the purchase of a large-scale solar development project from Overland Sun Farming in Australia, one of the leading Australian development companies.
At a glance
|Location:||14 kilometres south of Balranald, west of the intersection of Yanga Way with Balranald Road.|
|Area covered:||900 hectares|
|Number of modules:||approx. 872,000 panels|
|Installed capacity:||349 MWp|
|Full commercial operation:||expected mid of 2020|
Benefits of the project
It is anticipated that the project will provide a number of benefits to the local and wider community including:
- creating employment opportunities, including a peak workforce of between 300-400 contractors during construction and up to seven full-time positions during operations;
- generate enough electricity to power up to 105,000 homes each year;
- assisting New South Wales to meet the renewable energy targets established under the NSW Government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan;
- contribute to the Commonwealth Government’s target of 33,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy generated by 2020; and
- play a role in increasing energy security by contributing to a more diverse energy mix.