Sunshine Coast Solar Farm goes live

The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm in Queensland is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100 percent of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the 15 megawatt (MW) solar farm allowed council to take control of its own electricity supply, combating rising electricity costs and achieving an important sustainability milestone.

“All power consumed at all of council’s facilities, including our administration buildings, aquatic centres, community and performance venues, as well as holiday parks, libraries, art galleries and sporting facilities, will be offset with energy from a renewable source thanks to this nation-leading project,” Mayor Jamieson said. Read the full article.

FAST FACTS:

  • The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is the second largest in Queensland and the sixth largest Australia wide.
  • At its peak, the solar farm will generate 15,000 kilowatts of electricity, which will go straight into the Energex network.
  • The electricity generated over one year will be enough to power the equivalent of 5000 homes.
  • Aluminium tables held up on screw piles are used to hold the 57,000 panels above the flood plain.
  • About 36,000 tree and shrub seedlings will be planted around the solar farm’s boundaries - one of the largest revegetation projects to be undertaken on the Sunshine Coast.

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