Emu Downs Solar Farm
Country
  • Australia
LocationAdjacent to Emu Downs Wind Farm
Coordinates30°29′S 115°25′E / 30.49°S 115.42°E / -30.49; 115.42Coordinates: 30°29′S 115°25′E / 30.49°S 115.42°E / -30.49; 115.42
StatusOperational
Commission dateDecember 2017
Construction costA$50 million
Owner(s)APA Group
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Collectors75,168
Site area70 hectares (170 acres)
Power generation
Nameplate capacity
  • 20 MW

Emu Downs Solar Farm is a solar farm adjacent to Emu Downs Wind Farm in Western Australia, Australia. It was developed and is owned by APA Group. At the time of its completion in 2018, it was the largest solar farm in Western Australia.[1]

When APA group bought Emu Downs Wind Farm in June 2011, it realised that there is usually a drop in output in the middle of the day as the wind changes from easterly in the morning to the westerly Fremantle Doctor in the afternoon. To balance that and achieve better utilisation of transmission infrastructure, APA installed a 20MW solar farm on an adjacent site. The solar farm's peak output is during the time when the wind farm is not at full capacity, so no additional capacity was needed in the substation or grid connection point. The solar farm has 75,000 photovoltaic solar panels on a 70-hectare site east of the wind farm. It cost A$50 million (including a federal government grant of A$5.5 million) and began operation in December 2017. The output of both the solar and wind farms is contracted to Synergy until 2030.[2]

References

  1. ^ Parkinson, Giles (5 March 2018). "W.A.'s largest solar farm – Emu Downs – opens for business". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ "WA's first co-located wind and solar farm completed at Emu Downs". Australian Renewable Energy Agency. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.