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Construction set to begin on two large-scale solar farms in NSW


Posted by Monica Gameng

Construction on two new solar farms - with a total capacity of over 460MW - in New South Wales are set to go underway this year, with Germany-based Belectric securing the engineering, procurement and construction as well as operations and maintenance contracts for both projects.

Belectric will be delivering the 347MW Limondale Solar Farm located 14 kilometres south of Balranald and the 115MW Hillston Solar Farm near the town of Hillston in the Riverina region.

The two solar farms were initially developed by Overland Sun Farming and was bought by German renewables company Innogy in February of this year.

Construction as well as operations and maintenance of the two large-scale solar farms are expected to employ hundreds of workers.

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Limondale and Hillston Solar Farms (source: Overland Sun Farming)

Belectric Solar and Battery GmbH Managing Director Martin Zembsch said in a statement released in July: “Large-scale solar has gone from an emerging technology at the beginning of the decade to a genuinely game-changing form of electricity generation in Australia; High solar irradiation and rapidly falling costs have enabled a large number of new projects. This includes two large-scale projects in New South Wales for which Belectric secured the EPC contract. With our experienced new and existing staff we are well prepared to start construction works for the first of these solar plants in the upcoming weeks.”

Both the Limondale and Hillston Solar Farms have been granted planning consent by the NSW Government in September and October 2017 respectively as stated on Overland Sun Farming’s website.

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Source: Renew Economy; Belectric; Overland Sun Farming (1, 2)

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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