120 MW agrivoltaic Solar Farm to be set in Wallaroo
Univergy, a Spanish-Japanese renewable energy company collaborates with New Energy Developments (NED), a local company in the construction of a 120MW Wallaroo Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW) this year. This Solar Farm would be located in the locality of Wallaroo adjacent to the New South Wales (NSW) / Australian Capital Territory (ACT) border.
The proposed project will have 260,936 panels at 460 Wp each, an onsite substation and a battery storage system. The panels will be positioned on single axis tracking structures and will generate around 260,000 MWh of solar energy annually. The plan is to start construction in 2021 and to complete it by 2022, subject to the appropriate approvals.
NED is currently preparing the project’s environment impact statement (EIS) and is seeking NSW State Significant Development status. This agrivoltaic installation will operate symbiotically as a generator of clean energy, grazing land and a thriving habitat for native vegetation and pollinators. The solar farm will be spread over 163 hectares of land, which already function as a sheep farm. The panels will be erected at a maximum elevation of 2.3m and with 5m between each row so that sheep will have enough space to graze.
It is planned to cultivate 22,000 permanent native plants, of which some will provide ground cover whereas others will provide a vegetation screen which will also double as a bee haven. Flowering plants which attract bees, birds and butterflies will be planted.
Univergy Solar’s Executive President, Ignacio Blanco, said “Australia is a market with enormous potential for the development clean energy, which makes it a strategic country for Univergy. The development of this first 120 MW park together with our partner New Energy Developments, has improved our know-how in this market and we are confident of being able to expand our presence in the country through the development of future projects.”
New Energy Development (NED) states that the new solar farm is capable of producing clean renewable energy enough to power approximately 48,000 NSW and ACT homes annually for the next three decades. The locals can purchase green energy at a discounted rate through the Localvolts Electricity Exchange which is a peer-to-peer platform for the buying and selling of energy.
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