Sunshine Coast Solar Farm – In Progress


Valdora Solar Farm has momentum

 

South East Qld. Hauliers have been assigned to deliver shipping containers to the Downer EDI Solar Farm that is being constructed in Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.

Positioned 6km inland from Coolum Beach, the Valdora solar farm will be the 5th largest SF. in Australia and will be constructed on 24 hectares of a 49 hectare site. At it’s peak, the SF. will generate 15,000 kilowatts from the sun into the Energex network. The electricity generated over one year is enough to power approximately 5,000 homes.

 

 

The site will be installed with more than 57,000 solar panels, 1,500 support structures and 6 inverter stations. In addition to this, 36,000 trees will be planted to create a 10m wide x 470 long buffer area along the sites frontage.

The Sunshine Coast solar farm is estimated to deliver $22 million in savings (after costs) for rate payers from councils lower electrical costs over the next 30 years. Click here to read more from the original source (Sunshine Coast City Council).

From September to December 2016, SEQH have delivered 99 shipping containers to site after collecting them from the Port of Brisbane wharf. Due to the location of site, a rural tailgate needs to be completed on all containers prior to delivery which is performed at our depot in Hemmant. This is a significant achievement across a 3-4 month duration considering the following:

  • Much of the site was closed for approx. 4 weeks after the discovery of asbestos. Zero containers were allowed to be delivered during this time (asbestos was cleared and the site commenced normal practice late November after the October discovery).
  • The site rests on a natural swamp area. That means, anytime there is a drop of rain, you got it – limited to nil access.

Given the set backs, the site paused their imports to provide adequate time to catch up on the existing containers yet to be unpacked. The imports will resume in the new year where they will receive roughly 2-4 containers per day, Mon-Fri.