The Susan River Solar Farm is a utility scale renewable energy project, with an output measuring up to 100 megawatt (MW), that will generate clean and renewable electricity from the power of the sun.
The $175-million-dollar project is located approximately 17km from Hervey Bay and 11km from Maryborough townships. The site is currently used for agricultural purposes, mainly grazing activities.
The project site was chosen as it has proximity to the Ergon Energy network, access from the Maryborough Hervey Bay Road, relatively flat land and lack of surrounding sensitive community receptors.
The solar farm will cover an area of 176 hectares (approximately 435 acres) and comprise approximately 350,000 solar photovoltaic modules, known more commonly as ‘PV Modules’ or ‘solar panels’. The solar panels are identical in type but larger in size to those used in residential solar installations located on homes throughout Australia.
The solar panels will be installed on ground-mounted frames. The solar panels will generate direct current (‘DC’) electricity that will be inverted to alternating current (‘AC’) via containerized power conversion units. The power conversion units located within the site will feed AC electricity into an onsite power reticulation system before the power is centrally collected and dispatched to the local electricity distribution network via the Ergon Energy transmission network.
ESCO Pacific received Development Approval from Fraser Coast Regional Council in December 2016. Work to secure a grid connection with Ergon Energy is currently underway. The project will take approximately 12 months to build and subject to approvals it is expected that work will commence in the second quarter of 2018.