Newcastle solar farm to begin design process

Solar panel array under blue sky (Solar Professionals)

Carnegie Clean Energy’s wholly-owned subsidiary Energy Made Clean and its joint venture partner Lendlease have been awarded the contract for a 5MW solar farm in New South Wales.

The joint venture will design, construct, operate and maintain the $7 million Newcastle Summerhill Solar Project.

The project has been awarded after a nationally competitive tender process was run by the City of Newcastle and located on a capped, former landfill site at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre in Newcastle as part of the council’s plan to cut its emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.

“We are delighted to have won our first utility scale solar farm project in NSW and our first to be connected in the National Electricity Market (NEM),” Carnegie managing director Dr Michael Ottaviano said.

“This project brings the value of new contracted work for our joint venture to more than $30 million in the past two months.”

The solar farm will be installed as a ground-mounted fixed tilt system and utilising an optimised piling system to suit the site topology and allow simple future addition of a battery energy storage system (BESS).

Design will commence immediately with commissioning expected by the end of 2018.