Ingeteam to supply its technology for the largest solar farm in Australia

Ingeteam has signed a supply contract with Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd. (subsidiary of Elecnor S.A.) for what is set to be, once completed, the largest solar farm in Australia.
Ingeteam to supply its technology for the largest solar farm in Australia
Moree Solar Farm. Courtesy of Ingeteam.

The New England Solar Farm is being developed by leading renewable energy developer UPC\AC Renewables Australia across two solar fields near Uralla in the New England region of NSW. 

The solar farm will be built in two stages, with the first 400MW (AC) stage and the 33/330 kilovolt (kV) substation being installed by Green Light Contractors, across the northern section of the site.

Once fully constructed, the project is expected to produce 1,800,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity each year; enough to power more than 250,000 typical NSW homes.

The design and planning of this farm allows for sufficient space for sheep to graze freely between the rows of solar panels installed on a single axis tracking system.

“The signing of this contract represents the culmination of almost three years of long, hard work by an extensive team of professionals, not just from the sales department but also from the R&D department” said Juan Miguel Gutiérrez, director of Ingeteam Australia Pty Ltd. “

For this first stage, Ingeteam will supply seventy-two 6.56 MW power stations, delivered as a turnkey solution in order to facilitate and minimise the installation and commissioning tasks. Specifically, each power station houses four 1.64 MW solar inverters, the power transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services panel, auxiliary services transformer and UPS. Furthermore, Ingeteam will also supply two of its power plant controller (PPC) systems.

The signing of this contract serves to strengthen Ingeteam's position as the second leading manufacturer of solar inverters in the Australian market, thanks to numerous solar farms equipped with Ingeteam technology, such as the 56 MW Moree Solar Farm, which was also constructed by Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd., and which went into operation in May 2016.

The manufacture and delivery of the equipment to be supplied by Ingeteam will be undertaken in the second half of 2021 and the commissioning of The New England Solar Farm project is estimated to start in the first quarter of 2022.

For this project, Ingeteam is to supply:

288 central solar inverters with 1500V technology. The inverter model is the INGECON SUN 1640TL B630.

Seventy-two 6.56 MW Full Skid power stations, fitted with all the equipment required for low to medium voltage conversion (solar inverters, transformer and MV switchgear, LV panel, auxiliary services transformer, etc.).

Two INGECON SUN Power Plant Controller (PPC) systems.

Project commissioning.

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