EGP has highlighted the contribution of local suppliers and jobs created during the construction of its 95 MW Susan River project, the completion and grid connection of which was announced this week. 75% of EGP’s utility scale project workforce is being sourced through “local labour hires”, EGP released in a statement, alongside the developer tapping a number of suppliers from the region.
“Construction has made use of local quarries, concrete suppliers, contractors, surveyors, geo-technical engineering firms, hire equipment, fuel supplies and on-site amenities,” the EGP statement reads.
PV components for the Susan River Solar Farm came from established international suppliers. China’s BYD supplied the 290,000 modules utilized, with Spain’s Ingeteam the central inverters, and Nextracker the single-axis trackers.
Biosar was the EPC on the project, and is also completing EGP’s 78 MW Childers Solar farm near Bundaberg, which is said to be nearing completion, and the 132 MW Nevertire Solar Farm in north-west NSW.
“Elliott Green Power is proud to be investing in renewable energy projects across regional Australia and we’d like to thank the construction and engineering teams who are working to ensure their smooth delivery,” said Tamburrino.
The Susan Rivers array was approved by the Fraser Coast council in 2016. It and the Childers Solar Farm were acquired by EGP from Esco Pacific. The Susan Rivers’ location was said to be favourable due to close proximity to grid infrastructure.
A spokesperson for EGP would not be drawn as to how the company overcame grid connection challenges when it came to completing the project.