Solar Power Plants in Australia
Adelaide Showground
Location: Australia
Operator: Adelaide Showground
Configuration: 1 MWp
Operation: 2009
System supplier: First Solar
EPC: Solar Shop Australia, Built Environs
Quick facts: This project was opened by the Hon Mike Rann, Premier of South Australia, in Sep 2009 as Australia's largest rooftop solar system. It has 12,612 panels spread over 9,000mē on six roofs and two facades. Output should supply about 40% of the Showground's electricity. A special rack-loading system was devised, with the solar panels stacked on pallets, lifted by crane and then distributed via trolleys on framing rails. The contractors also used a clip-on, extrusion framing system to speed installation. The project took 3mos to complete, not much more than half of the original schedule.

Photograph courtesy of Built Environs
Posted 20 Sep 2009

Marble Bar Hybrid
Location: Australia
Operator: Horizon Power
Configuration: 300 kWp solar, 1 MW diesel
Operation: 2010
System supplier: ??
EPC: Sunpower Australia, Powercorp
Quick facts: The Pippunyah power station was opened in Aug 2010 by Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore and is one of the first such hybrid systems in the world with solar panels, flywheel energy storage and diesel gensets. A similar plant is built at Nullagine. Marble Bar is reputed to be the hottest town in Australia.

Photograph courtesy of Horizon Power
Posted 16 Oct 2010

Greenough River
Location: WA
Operator: Verve Energy
Configuration: 10 MWp
Operation: 2010
System supplier: First Solar
EPC: First Solar
Quick facts: Greenough River Solar Farm was a joint project of Synergy and GE Energy Financial Services It received contributions and support from the Office of Energy, Royalties for Regions through the Department of Regional Development and Lands, and the Mid West Regional Development Commission. The site has about 150,000 thin film PV panels on part of a site comprisng 80ha of private, cleared land 30km east of Walkaway.

Photograph courtesy of GE Global Energy Services
Posted 31 Aug 2014

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 31-Aug-2014

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