Demand for early-stage large-scale solar projects is showing few signs of abating. The 120 MW Metz Solar Farm appears to have been purchased by Chinese-Australian BoS provider and project developer Clenergy.
Construction on the project is slated for Spring 2018, with completion in early 2019.
The project was initially planned with a capacity of 100 MW, with this presumably being lifted by 20 MW through the application of single-axis tracing.
Clenergy supplies a push-pull centralized tracking architecture. Like many fixed-tilt mounting system provider, falling mounting structure prices has made the supply of tracking systems more attractive.
Single-axis tracking has become well accepted by Australian project developers, with GTM Research reporting that over 90% of large-scale solar projects currently under construction are deploying trackers.
The Metz Solar Farm is located in the New England region of New South Wales. It is sited near Hillgrove, 20km east of Armidale.
Infinergy, historically a wind developer, says that the Metz Solar Farm’s development has “put it on the map” in Australia. It is looking to secure development and grid connection approvals for another 300 MW of utility scale solar “primarily” in New South Wales and Victoria by the end of 2018.
“We are delighted to have achieved the successful development and the subsequent sale of Metz Solar Farm, all within a timeframe of 18 months,” said Infinergy CEO Esbjorn Wilmar in a statement.
Infinergy claims to have developed over 1 GW of large scale wind and solar in the UK and the Netherlands.
Clenergy (Xiamen) Technology Co., Ltd. listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in January 2017. Clenergy initially established itself as a mounting system provider, with its PV-ezRack rooftop and ground mounted product range, in the Australian market. It provides a small portfolio of power electronics solutions.
Since 2016, Clenergy has pushed strongly into project development and as a turnkey PV power plant developer. It has offices in China, Australia, Germany, the UK, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.