Solar Choice

Solar Farms in Australia

Large-scale solar power on the rise

The number of solar farms under development in Australia has exploded the last year or two. After several years of market and policy uncertainty and with costs coming down, solar farm developers and investors are now feeling confident about the prospects of medium and large-scale solar power.

Solar farms are distinguished from standard commercial solar installations in their size, location and purpose; solar farms are generally in the megawatt-scale (as opposed to kilowatt-scale), are ground-mounted as opposed to roof mounted, and will either be built to sell energy into the grid or to a designated purchaser - usually heavy energy user or electricity retailer.

Solar Choice has developed or is currently developing of a number of solar farms ranging in size from 2 megawatts to 200 megawatts throughout Australia, including the Mount Majura Solar Farm in the ACT and the Bulli Creek Solar Farm in Queensland.

NexTracker single-axis tracker at Mount Majura Solar Farm.

Solar farm rental incomes vs owning the solar farm

For landowners, most straightforward way to benefit from a solar farm is a long-term rental payment for use of their land. Because developing, paying for and maintaining a solar farm out of your own pocket may be expensive and the risks involved potentially quite high, it is generally better to leave this part of the process to an experienced developer.

For those intent on paying for and owning the solar farm themselves, it's important to consider who will purchase the energy generated. There are essentially three options:

  • You will consume the energy directly yourself. This is really only an option if you have heavy daytime electricity loads, e.g. on an industrial farm or other large facility.
  • You will have a power purchase agreement (PPA) with another entity. In this case, you will have reached an agreement with a large energy consumer or electricity retailer to purchase the energy that your solar farm produces at a predetermined rate. PPAs generally require time, skill and experience to negotiate successfully.
  • You will sell the energy into the grid / on the National Electricity Market (NEM). If the site of your proposed solar farm is on the east coast of Australia or part of one of the other, smaller grids throughout the country you may consider simply building the farm and trying your luck with revenues on the open or regulated market. This approach is the riskiest of the three, as wholesale electricity markets can be volatile and unpredictable. (In order to sell energy in this way on the NEM, your solar farm must be at least 5 megawatts in capacity.)

Solar farms: What else do you need to consider?

Circumstances vary from region to region and from property to property. If you are interested in owning and running a solar farm, Solar Choice  can offer you professional consultancy and management advice on your project.

You can register your interest with us by filling out this form.


Select Quotation Type *

  • Solar Energy
  • Battery Storage Only

First Name *

Surname *

Email Address *

Confirm Email *

Phone Number (Mobile Preferred) *

Address *

Suburb *

State or territory *

Postcode *

Which subsidy might you be eligible for? *

Property type *

Number of levels *

Roof material (tiles, slate etc.) *

Size of installation approx *

Size of installation approx *

What is your preferred time for
installation? *

Any special preferences for later discussion?

Please list any installers to whom you`ve previously provided your contact details (Why?)

Security Question 5 + 2 = ? *


I agree to inform Solar Choice of the name of the installer I eventually select -- Why?


By clicking "submit" I'm happy to receive contact from up to 3 installers on their offerings. *

Please only complete this form if your electricity bills exceed $1000 per month. If less than this amount, please complete the Residential Form


Business Name *

Address *

Suburb *

State or territory *

Postcode *

Contact Name *

Contact Phone (mobile preferred) *

Contact Email *

Security Question 20 + 3 = ? *

Installation Size approx. *

To assist with delivering an informative business case and optimal system size, please upload up to 3 recent electricity bills (PDF) below


Installers' Login



Forgot Password?


Commercial Tender Platform
Client Login



Forgot Password?