Signal Energy Australia to build 175MW Finley Solar Plant in New South Wales


In November 2018 Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, was selected by ESCO Pacific to build the 175MWdc/133MWac Finley Solar Plant in New South Wales, Australia. Signal Energy Australia has partnered with Canadian Solar, Inc. who will supply the solar modules for the construction of the project. John Laing, leading international infrastructure investor, acquired 100 percent interest in the project from ESCO Pacific in November 2018 contemporaneously with the project achieving financial close.

“We are very excited about establishing ourselves in the Australian renewable energy market,” said Greg Pawson, President of Signal Energy. “Signal Energy’s unique, utility scale solar construction expertise provides great value to our United States based customers, both in terms of project optimization and execution. Expanding our expertise and unique approach internationally seemed like the logical next step.”

Construction started in December 2018 and will be complete in 2019. The solar plant will be built on approximately 1,000 acres of grazing, crop and irrigated lands near Finley, New South Wales, Australia. Over 490,000 of Canadian Solar’s 1500V high efficiency KuMax modules (CS3U-P) will be installed on single-axis tracking systems. When completed, the solar plant will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 90,000 homes and displacing more than 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

“We sincerely appreciate the confidence that ESCO Pacific has placed in Signal Energy Australia and the overall warm welcome we have received from the Australian solar industry since arriving,” said Robbin Russell, General Manager of Signal Energy Australia.  “Canadian Solar’s focus on providing creative technical and commercial solutions match very well with Signal’s mission and we are very pleased to be working together with them on this important project.”

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said, “We are delighted to be selected by ESCO Pacific to provide EPC services together with Signal Energy and to supply our 1500V crystalline module to this large-scale solar power. This partnership further expands our presence and solidifies our competitive position in Australia. We are committed to providing customers in Australia and around the world with access to clean, affordable and reliable solar energy.”