A New generation of Solar Farms
The project site is approximately 93 hectares and will feature around 79,000 solar modules. Each solar module is approximately three metres wide and stands two metres off the ground.
The project is expected to generate approximately 53,500 megawatt hours of clean, renewable power each year. Reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 50,000 tonnes per annum (CO2 equivalent), the project reduces reliance on fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources.
See below an aerial picture of Barcaldine Solar Farm:
The project has been designed using single-axis tracking technology. This technology allows solar panels to tilt in the direction of the sun as it crosses the sky, maximizing the total energy generated and the effectiveness and efficiency of each of the panels.
About solar energy and solar farms
Solar energy is a cost-effective, safe and environmentally-friendly method of energy generation. It reduces reliance on fossil fuels, energy costs and carbon emissions.
Solar power is generated by capturing the sun’s light and heat and converting it into electricity through the use of solar panels. While residential and commercial solar panels are common in Australia, energy generation at a very large ‘utility’ scale is still in development.
A solar farm is a proven and extremely efficient method of generating a ‘utility’ volume of solar energy suitable for supply to the power grid. A solar farm typically consists of a number of solar panels connected together, forming solar arrays, which are then arranged into rows. These are stand-alone structures, unlike roof-mounted solar panels used on residential solar energy systems.
Energy generated by the solar farm is connected into the grid and existing transmission lines, which then allows the power generated to be used by homes and businesses.
Benefits of the solar farm at Barcaldine
Barcaldine and the broader Central Queensland community will greatly benefit through the development of the Barcaldine Solar Farm. The project will create jobs, bring investment to the region and deliver clean renewable electricity to meet the region’s energy needs.
Elecnor will source from the local community and broader region wherever possible and support a wide range of local initiatives. Community members will have a number of opportunities to meet the project team, ask questions and provide feedback on the project as it progresses.
Located approximately five kilometres east of Barcaldine on the Capricorn Highway, the proposed project site is ideal for the development of the next generation of renewable solar energy infrastructure.
The project site is adjacent to major existing power infrastructure including a transmission substation and gas power station. The proximity to existing infrastructure reduces the need for additional transmission infrastructure as well as the project’s environmental impact.
The Barcaldine Region’s climate, which features consistently high temperatures and year-round sunshine, means the project site has excellent insolation characteristics. This allows efficient and effective solar energy generation throughout the year.