Darling Downs Solar Farm is a 138MW solar PV power project. It is located in Queensland, Australia. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2017 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in January 2019.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Solar PV 138 138 Active Queensland, Australia APA Group ; Origin Energy

Description

The project was developed by APA Group and Origin Energy. The project is currently owned by APA Group with a stake of 100%.

Darling Downs Solar Farm is a ground-mounted solar project which is spread over an area of 250 hectares.

The project generates 255GWh electricity and supplies enough clean energy to power 36,000 households. The project cost is $136m.

44 inverters have been installed at the project site.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2017 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in January 2019.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Origin Energy under a power purchase agreement for a period of 12 years from 2019. The contracted capacity is 110MW.

Contractors Involved

RCR Tomlinson was selected to render EPC services for the solar PV power project.

JA Solar Holdings was selected as the supplier of the PV modules for the project. The company provided 423,360 modules each with 325W of nameplate capacity.

About APA Group

APA Group (APA) is a natural gas infrastructure company. It carries out natural gas transmission and distribution business with interests in energy infrastructure, energy investments and asset management. The company owns and operates various energy assets such as Emu Downs Wind Farm , East Cost Grid, Diamantina Power Station , Kogan North and Tipton West Processing plants, NIFTY and Telfer Gas Pipelines, North Brown Hill Wind Farm and Daandine and X41 power stations. It also provides operations and maintenance services, and owns several projects, including warragul looping project, western slopes pipeline and orbost gas plant upgrade. The company primarily operates in Australia. APA is headquartered in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

About Origin Energy

Origin Energy Ltd (Origin Energy) is an integrated energy company, which generates, supplies and distributes electricity; explores for and develops natural gas reserves; and produces and sells gas. The company generates electricity from natural-gas fired, coal-fired, wind, solar, pumped water storage and cogeneration plants. It supplies electricity, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers. The company’s gas exploration and production portfolio includes interests in basins in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam. It owns and operates natural gas production plants in Australia and New Zealand. The company has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Chile and Indonesia. Origin is headquartered in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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