Nextracker will deliver smart solar trackers for 255 MW »Sunraysia« photovoltaic plant in Australia

Nextracker Inc. has been selected by Decmil, an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor to supply its smart solar tracker NX Horizon for the 255 MW »Sunraysia« solar farm, located near Balranald in New South Wales, Australia. The plant is owned and operated by both investment company John Laing and Maoneng Australia, an Australian Chinese PV plant developer and operator, and managed by Maoneng Australia. Chinese Jinko Solar Holding Co., Ltd will deliver the modules, according to an announcement at the beginning of November. The project will also include a large scale battery storage array.
Maoneng reached financial close for the plant in October 2018. In addition to the long-term equity partnership with John Laing, the project has secured debt financing from German Nord L/B, Dutch ING, Japanese Mizuho, Bank of China and National Australia Bank (NAB).
»Sunraysia« was first announced in May 2016, with the receipt of the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements in June 2016. Following six months of land, site, technical and grid interconnection feasibility studies, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted in February 2017. The project was approved for construction in July 2017. In December 2017, Decmil Group Limited has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maoneng Australia, for its PV project. According to a former announcement, the EPC contract valued at approximately AUD 275 million (USD 209 million). Decmil has been appointed as the head contractor and will also undertake the project’s operations and maintenance upon completion. Maoneng will act as both the construction manager during the construction period and the asset manager during operations.
The project forms a key step of utility AGL Energy's plan to replace the aging and increasingly decrepit Liddell coal-fired generator. The project site location was selected to embed renewable electricity generation closer to metropolitan load centers such as Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney. »Sunraysia« is underpinned by two Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) under which the University of New South Wales in Sydney and AGL purchase energy over 15 years. According to a former announcement, the solar farm is anticipated to generate approximately 530,000 MWh of electricity per year where the energy would be transmitted via transmission lines throughout NSW and Victoria.

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