Building The Solar Farm

Major milestones

  • Greenough River Solar Farm was officially opened in October 2012.
  • Commissioning of the Greenough River Solar Farm began at the end of July 2012 and was completed in late August 2012.
  • All 150,000 solar photovoltaic panels were installed by late July 2012. The solar panels cover 50 hectares and are an impressive sight.
  • The first solar photovoltaic panels were installed on 12 April 2012. WA Energy Minister Peter Collier did the honours at a special on-site ceremony with representatives of the Geraldton community including landowners and other stakeholders.
  • Twelve locally hired personnel spent two months installing the 16,000 steel posts and brackets. They also connected the panels to about 60kms of underground electrical cable which will ultimately link the solar farm to the south west interconnected grid.
  • Up to 150 people worked on site at any one time.
  • The solar PV panels were made in Malaysia and shipped to Geelong to be put into special frames (or cartridges) – eight per frame - for transporting to the site by road.
  • Through an agreement with local contractor WBHO Civil, and in sourcing of local products wherever possible, the project is generating millions of dollars for the City of Greater Geraldton.
  • Greenough River Solar Farm is a joint venture of Synergy and GE Energy Financial Services.   US solar PV manufacturer First Solar is building the solar farm using its unique thin film solar PV panels.