Goorambat Solar Farm is a
utility-scale renewable energy project.
Covering approximately 130 hectares of farmland, Goorambat Solar Farm is a utility-scale renewable energy project that is located within a short distance to the main township of Goorambat, Victoria.
With an estimated network capacity of 75 megawatts, Goorambat Solar Farm is expected to generate enough clean power for approximately 24,300 households and help Australia to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 143,000 tonnes per year.
The project is expected to commence construction in late 2019 and be fully operational in 2020.
How Will The
Goorambat Solar Farm will feature solar panels similar to those typically fixed on houses. However, solar panels will instead be fixed to moveable single-axis tracking structures that rotate slowly to follow the sun’s movement from east to west. This technology allows the panels to perform at their maximum efficiency during daylight hours.
Electricity generated from the panels will be transferred to inverters that convert Direct Current (DC) to Alternating Current (AC), and then to transformers that increase its voltage to a suitable level for supply into the electricity grid and to the National Energy Market (NEM). The NEM currently supports approximately 80% of Australia’s electricity usage and is one of the largest electrical networks in the world.
Goorambat Solar Farm will support the environment and empower the local community. In order to ensure all opinions and ideas from the local area are heard and considered, we have continued to conduct in-depth consultations with nearby residents, community groups, relevant authorities, the Council and other stakeholders.
In addition to extensive consultations, we have also carefully considered how to mitigate potential impacts on the community by undertaking a wide range of engineering studies and thorough environmental assessments. This includes studies on:
- Ensuring that the development benefits the municipality in the long term;
- Protecting local ecology by managing environmental risks;
- Surface water evaluations to ensure the integrity of the existing watercourse;
- Visual landscaping and using vegetation as natural screening from the surrounding area.