SMA to support the second largest solar farm in Queensland
Post date: 25/11/2020 - 08:44
SMA has closed a contract with Sterling and Wilson for the 162 MW »Columboola Solar Farm«, the second largest solar farm in Queensland, Australia. 39 Medium Voltage Power Stations and an SMA Power Plant Controller to control the electricity flows in the PV plant will form the backbone of the project.
The »Columboola Solar Farm« will create 400 jobs. With renewable energy currently accounting for 14 percent of Queensland’s electricity mix, »this project will be a key contributor to the states’ target of 50 percent renewable energies by 2030,« says the company. The SMA solution for Columboola Solar Farm will comprise of 79 Sunny Central inverters integrated into 39 MVPS 5500-S-AU, a MVPS 2750-S-AU and an SMA Power Plant Controller. Start of delivery for SMA inverters is expected for April 2021. The farm is due to begin generating electricity in August 2021 and achieve provisional acceptance by November 2021. Once operational, the »Columboola Solar Farm« will export electricity under the PPA with state-owned CS Energy for industrial retail customers such as Griffith University, Central Queensland University and Queensland University of Technology.
»Including the Columboola Solar farm, SMA together with Sterling and Wilson now have over 700 MW across three projects committed in Queensland alone,« says Joshua Birmingham, Director Project Sales at SMA Australia.