Moree Solar Farm Transmission Line, Substation and Solar Farm

NJ Construction has worked with EPC contractor, Elector (Greenlight Pty Ltd), to successfully deliver the $25 million Electrical works for the Moree Solar Farm project.

FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures) is the owner of the Moree Solar Farm (MSF) project and funded it with the support of the Australian government through a grant of AUD$101.7 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and debt on commercial terms from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The technology used is solar PV-Polycrystalline modules with horizontal tracking. The Moree Solar Farm will have a capacity of 56MWac (70MWp) and will generate enough electricity to supply around 15,000 homes.

The Moree Solar Farm Project was broken into three separate portions, each portion, Transmission, Substation and Farm, all having its own covering manager and supervisors. To meet the accelerated construction schedule NJ Construction ramped up the project team and resources by utilising our wider business resources from Queanbeyan, Alstonville and Port Macquarie to provide additional support. NJ Construction’s team consisted of 90 staff.

The project was a very complex installation of renewable energy and commenced in February 2015 and was completed in February 2016 to a very high standard as this project had specific requirements as per the Australian Standards as well as the Essential Energy Standards and approvals were required for two controlling bodies.

Key project

facts

  • Solar PV-Polycrystalline modules used
  • Capacity of 56MWac
  • Enough electricity to supply 15,000 homes

The Electrical works were separated into 4 separable portions:

Scope that included the upgrading of existing feeders and extension to the solar farm facility and auxiliary supply to the new substation

Scope that included the design and construction of a new twin circuit 66kV transmission line and upgrading 10km’s of existing Essential Energy transmission line.

Scope that included the design and construction of a substation and Essential Energy switchyard.

Scope that included installation of invertors, grounding, installation of electrical and communications cables, terminations and 250,000 panel connections.