The 149 MWp Glenrowan West Solar Farm has successfully been completed and commissioned 16-months after construction commenced. By passing the Hold Point Testing the solar plant has been allowed to feed portions of energy into the grid since May, marking a relatively short delay since the plant first reported export back in December 2020.
Owned by German investment company Wirtgen Invest, the 323-hectare Glenrowan West facility comprises approximately 375,000 monocrystalline modules installed on single-axis trackers and 48 central inverters. It is expected to generate an estimated 270,000 MWh of solar energy annually, enough to save around 110,000 tonnes of CO2.
The facility, located about 250km north of Melbourne, is the first renewable energy generator to connect to AusNet’s Glenrowan Terminal Station.
Wirtgen Invest acquired the project rights to Glenrowan West from Overland Sun Farming in July 2019. Construction commenced in January 2020 with Wirsol Energy, the Australian arm of the Wircon Group, and WiNRG delivering the project management services while Signal Energy Australia has taken the lead in engineering, procurement and construction.
In a statement, WiNRG said the scope of their services “had to be adjusted considerably during the construction phase due to the pandemic and we were only able to monitor the project from a distance.”
Nevertheless, WiNRG continued, “We are convinced that Glenrowan West Solar Farm is perfectly equipped to provide clean solar energy for the next few decades and we hope that all targets will be easily exceeded.”
Wirtgen Invest hopes to further invest in the Australian solar market.
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