First Solar awarded 241MW solar contracts

First Solar has been awarded a 241MW module supply contract by RCR Tomlinson as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for two Edify Energy solar projects.

The 180MW Daydream solar farm and the 60MW Hayman solar farm near Collinsville in Queensland.

Edify announced last week that construction had begun on the two projects, which are located near the company’s 57.5MW Whitsunday Solar Farm and the 57.5MW Hamilton Solar Farm, which are already under construction.

This contract takes First Solar’s delivery pipeline to more than 500MW in the next 12 months, cementing it as the leading module supplier for large-scale solar in Australia.

Located across two sites north of Collinsville, the projects will utilise an optimized technology solution that includes single-axis tracking technology from Array Technologies.

It will also include more than two million First Solar advanced thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules to produce approximately 531,000 megawatt-hours of sustainable energy each year.

“First Solar’s unique energy yield advantage enables our solar projects in North Queensland to produce more energy per MW installed than other available PV technology,” Edify Energy chief executive John Cole said.

“This is of significant importance for asset owners and operators looking to maximize energy production.

“The First Solar team has been very supportive and a key enabler of these projects.”

The First Solar Series 4 modules chosen for the projects are ideally suited to the hot and humid environmental conditions of the Whitsunday Region, due to a superior temperature coefficient, and better shading and spectral response.

On completion, the projects will provide significant environmental benefits, producing enough sustainable energy to displace 429,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year combined.

Construction on both projects will commence in September 2017, with module delivery in Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.