The Western Downs Solar Energy Farm is located on land surrounding the Powerlink Western Downs sub-station near the Kogan Creek Power Station in Hopeland. The solar energy farm will be capable of delivering up to 250MW of renewable energy and consist of up to 900 000 solar PV panels on 500ha and potential battery storage of up to 50MW. The project would have a generation capacity of up to about one-third that of the adjacent Kogan Creek Power Station.
The land is not currently used for any purpose but was formerly low intensity grazing. The energy generated will be injected into the national electricity grid at the existing Western Downs Sub-station, which currently connects into the national electricity grid.
Yellow Solar is a Brisbane based solar energy company and is the majority owner of the proposed site. Tilt Renewables Limited is a New Zealand and Australian publicly listed owner, operator and developer of a number of established wind farms with an extensive wind and solar developments pipeline. Tilt Renewables has been a significant participant in the Australian renewable energy market for more than 15 years.
Together, Yellow Solar and Tilt Renewables plan on developing the proposed solar farm, whilst Tilt Renewables is anticipated to be the long term owner and operator of the project.
Who is Tilt Renewables?
Tilt Renewables is an owner, operator and developer of wind and solar farms across Australia and New Zealand.
Originally part of the New Zealand based Trustpower Ltd, that had its beginnings in 1924 and have been active in Australia since 2001, Tilt Renewables was established in October 2016 as the result of the demerger from Trustpower Limited.
We are a dual New Zealand and Australian listed owner, operator and developer of a number of established wind farms and an extensive wind and solar development project pipeline.
We have an existing asset base of 307 operating turbines across 7 wind farms, with a total installed capacity of 582MW (approximately 11% market share of installed wind capacity in Australasia). This includes Snowtown Wind Farms, South Australia’s largest and Australia’s second largest wind farm, and Tararua Wind Farm, New Zealand’s largest wind farm and Blaney and Crookwell wind farms in NSW.
We develop wind and solar farms with the ultimate goal of owning and operating them for the life of the projects.
Local Services / Employment
We encourage anyone who wish to register interest in providing local goods or services for the project to submit their details using the contact details provided.
All expressions of interest will be provided to the final selected contractors prior to construction.
Community Engagement & Planning Application
We anticipate submitting a planning application for the project with the Western Downs Regional Council by July 2017 and will undertake community and stakeholder consultation to provide further information and welcome any feedback prior to lodgement. As part of this process we will offer to meet face to face with immediate neighbours and interested parties.
Tilt Renewables values the strong relationships we’ve shared with landowners and local community groups on all our projects and we would like to build on these relationships for the proposed Western Downs Solar Energy Farm as well.
Tilt Renewables have implemented a community benefit fund at most of our operating projects and we will be looking at establishing a similar scheme for this projects once operational. We will engage with local community closer to construction on an appropriate format and representative management committee for such a community fund.
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Western Downs, QLD
Up to 250MW
900,000 (500 ha)
Potential for up to 50MW
Up to $500 million
Approximately 18 months
To lodge planning application by July 2017
It will provide enough clean energy to power 91,000 homes and save 430,000 tonnes of annual greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent of removing 90,000 cars from the roads per year).
250 during construction and 12-15 during 25 years of operation.
For more information please contact the project team on:
Aus Ph: 1300 600 623
PO Box 16080 Collins St West, Melbourne Vic 8007