Whitsunday Solar Farm hub helicopter flyover [Video & Photos]

Construction of Edify Energy’s solar farms at Collinsville in North Queensland is coming along in big strides!

Earlier this month Solar Choice founder and managing director Angus Gemmell took his parents Malcolm and Belinda on a helicopter flyover of the co-located Whitsunday, Hamilton, Daydream and Hayman Solar Farms (totalling 380MW DC, led by Edify Energy) a short distance north of Collinsville within the Whitsunday Regional Council jurisdiction.

Angus was the originating developer of the land on which these four solar farms are located, having secured exclusive rights to the cattle grazing property in 2014 that strategically surrounds Powerlink’s major 132Kv/275kV Strathmore Substation, and then attaining the planning approval covering 10,000 acres in 2015.

Edify Energy then brilliantly led the various PPA negotiations, grid studies, financing and the construction management for all of these projects. Solar Choice remaining engaged to clear pre-construction conditions.

Wirsol is the majority owner of the Whitsunday and Hamilton Solar Farms (each 69MW DC / 57.5MW AC), with Edify Energy. These projects were built by Bouygues. The Daydream and Hayman Solar Farms (180MW DC / 150MW AC & 60MW DC / 50MW AC, respectively) are majority owned by Blackrock with Edify Energy, and are being built by RCR Tomlinson.

The first two solar farms are currently in early stages of commissioning, while the latter two are set to come online by the end of 2018. Once operational, they will have a combined total peak output power of 315MW AC / 380MW DC, making the site the largest solar farm hub in the southern hemisphere.

Video flyover: Whitsunday Solar Farm Hub

Gallery: Whitsunday Solar Farm Hub

Jeff Sykes