September 30, 2016
Sunshine Coast Solar Farm
Construction is set to begin on the 15 megawatt (MW) Sunshine Coast Solar Farm on council-owned land at Valdora, and will be due for completion mid-2017.
Sunshine Coast Council will become Australia’s first local government to offset 100 per cent of its electricity consumption across all its facilities and operations from green energy.
That includes its administration buildings, swimming pools, performance venues and community centres, its holiday parks, libraries and art gallery and its sport and recreation facilities.
The council is striving to become Australia’s most sustainable region and the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm at Valdora is part of a grand plan to achieve that vision.
The solar farm will also provide $22 million in savings, after costs, over a 30-year period based on today’s electricity costs, which are anticipated to increase substantially in the future.
Cost: $50.4 million
Construction: Downer Utilities Australia Pty Ltd will build the solar farm and Energex will build the infrastructure to connect the solar farm to the distribution network.
Energy retailer: Diamond Energy
– The 15 megawatt solar farm will be built on 24 hectares of a 49 hectare site in Valdora.
– It will be the fifth largest solar farm in Australia.
– At its peak, the solar farm will generate 15,000 kilowatts of electricity from the sun into the Energex network. The electricity generated over one year is enough to power about 5000 homes.
– Downer will install more than 57,000 PV (photovoltaic) modules (solar panels), close to 1500 support structures, and six inverter stations.
– 36,000 trees will be planted to create a 10m
– wide x 470 metre long green buffer area.