A solar panel farm in regional NSW, which will provide UNSW Sydney with 100% renewable electricity from 2020, is almost complete.
“Excellent progress is being made with the construction of the solar farm and we are on target to achieve our goal of carbon-neutral electricity supplies starting from 2020,” said Nicholas Jones, UNSW Energy Manager.
At peak output the solar farm will generate over 255-megawatt direct current, which will be enough to power more than 50,000 homes.
The dedicated section of the project supplying UNSW’s power - “Block 13” - will contain approximately 140,000 solar panels.
All panels are mounted on single-axis sun-tracking mechanisms to capture as much sunlight as possible throughout the day.
The next major milestone for the project will be the Commercial Operations Date (COD) on 5 December 2019 when power will be officially switched on and begin flowing to UNSW and other users.