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Risen Energy (Australia) has signed a 150MW distribution agreement, its largest

For the second year in a row, Risen Energy (Australia) has signed its largest distribution agreement with One Stop Warehouse, Australia’s largest solar distributor. Pursuant to this agreement, One Stop Warehouse will have exclusive rights to sell Risen’s 370W 132-Cell MONO PERC Half Cut Jaegar module to the Australian Distribution Market, and will subsequently have first rights to sell Risen’s Titan 210mm cell series module for rooftop application. This is an upgrade from last year’s 100MW deal between the two companies and will be valid from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

To commemorate this significant event, Risen Energy (AU), represented by their General Manager, Eric Lee and One Stop Warehouse, represented by their Head of Procurement and Marketing, Andy Cheng, participated in a virtual signing ceremony on Monday the 22nd of June.

The two companies possess strong partnership ties and, in a speech given during the event, Mr Lee mentioned that there is “mutual respect and trust’’ and that Risen will “continue to provide One Stop Warehouse with high technology products and support them in their sales efforts”. He also expressed Risen’s excitement in being a part of Australia’s thriving rooftop sector and their desire to support the Australian transition into a greener future.

In his speech, Mr Cheng added that he is “delighted to see Risen’s growth as one of the most popular brands in the Australian market” and that for him it is “exciting to work with such an accomplished supplier”.

Risen’s goal is to become the leading panel provider in the Australian rooftop sector. Their high-performance Titan series modules will be available in the Australian market in early 2021.


Risen Energy contributes their 400W Jaegar panels to aid bushfire relief efforts

Risen Energy (Australia) will supply solar panels to communities affected by the deadly Australian bushfires, as part of an agreement with pre-fabricated solar technology company, 5B. The announcement follows Risen’s earlier contribution of their 400W Jaegar Plus series panels which assisted in an initial display and test site established by 5B. As part of this initiative, solar and battery solutions will be deployed by 5B in various communities across Australia alongside the Resilient Energy Collective.

Risen Energy (Australia) mentioned that they were eager to partner up with 5B to do their part for this campaign as it is in line with Risen’s intention to become more involved in local Australian communities. This will also increase awareness of the benefits of green energy systems in Australia. General Manager of Risen Energy (Australia), Eric Lee added, ‘we are excited to team up with 5B, a forward-thinking Australian organisation, for this noble cause. 5B’s mission of delivering world-class technology to ensure clean energy is affordable and accessible, ties in with Risen Energy’s vision of a green future’. Mr Lee added that Risen were intrigued by 5B’s pre-built, re-deployable solar array MAVERICK system and felt that Risen’s high technology panels would be well-suited to this innovative system.

Rhett Evans, Chief Technology Officer at 5B, echoed Risen’s suitability to this project and added, “Risen has been a great partner on the bushfire relief project. They were able to respond rapidly and decisively with local stock and local support. Risen’s product range and build quality is a great match to our prefabricated array systems and they have a committed and growing presence in the Australian market.”

Risen’s Jaeger plus series were launched in the Australian market in 2019 and are the first range of panels featuring 9 bus bars, 158.75 mm wafers, half cut cells. Their 400W high efficiency panels offer high output which ensure the MAVERICK system is power intensive and can offer multiple end user solutions to communities affected by bushfire or floods.

The Jaeger plus series panels have had huge success both in utility and rooftop applications. Risen has also announced that they will be releasing two new panels in the market in 2020, their heterojunction (HJT) panels and 500 Wp+ PV modules made with large, 210 mm M12 wafers.

Risen Energy’s Merredin Solar Farm is powering on

Risen Energy’s 132 MWdc Merredin Solar Farm has completed all pre-commissioning testing on major plant and equipment and is now in the stages of starting the commissioning process. Western Power and Merredin Solar Farm are doing functionality checks and getting ready for the first back energisation to start the live commissioning process.

After all functions are checked and confirmed, Merredin Solar Farm will start exporting into the grid in four stages – Stage 1 will be at 20% capacity, Stage 2 will be at 50% capacity, Stage 3 will be at 80% capacity and Stage 4 at 100% capacity. This will happen over a pre-determined time as controlled by the Network Service Provider, Western Power.

On site, staff and contractors are undergoing rectification and adjustment works according to discoveries made during the QA process. The operations building has been installed on site and Risen are demobilising the temporary construction site offices and amenities.

Re-planning the resources and tasks to be completed on all work on site is being conducted within the current work guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all involved. Due to the COVID-19 situation, Risen has adapted their operations and business. They have taken extra care to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for their employees and external stakeholders.

Notice on COVID-19

In these uncertain times, we believe in maintaining “life as per normal” as much as humanly possible. Risen Energy (Australia) has been monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation and we are continually adapting our operations and business.

The health and safety of our employees and external stakeholders are of utmost importance to us and we have taken extra care to ensure we maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Additionally, we are big advocates of “self-management”. We have encouraged our staff to manage any potential symptoms and to ensure proper care is taken to stay healthy and safe.

Over the past few weeks, we have taken various precautionary measures:

  • We have implemented a strict no-attendance policy for any staff who displays any symptoms of the virus
  • We have disseminated face masks and disinfectant wipes/sprays to staff in our 2 offices and 2 sites
  • We have encouraged the adjustment of seating where staff are required to be at least 1.5 metres working distance from one another
  • We have suspended interstate travels until further notice
  • We have encouraged social distancing by minimising face-to-face meetings with customers and instead recommend using online means
  • We are encouraging staff to work from home from the 23rd of March until the 31st of March (or until further notice)

Rest assured that Risen Energy (Australia) is diligently monitoring advisories from the Australian government and we will take further actions as and when they are necessary. We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and we will continue to work alongside you despite these challenging times.

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Risen Energy’s speedy construction of the Merredin Solar Farm is progressing well

Construction of the 132 MWdc Merredin Solar Farm is progressing well and at an extremely speedy pace.

The speed of the solar farm’s civil and mechanical construction has been enabled by good management of finances, great teamwork and strong cooperation between Risen Energy and partners.

They used innovative methods and organisational efficiencies to accelerate the completion of the civil and mechanical works of the solar farm in the span of 3.5 months, making it a remarkable feat.

Efficient procurement processes and Risen Energy’s large capacity allowed rapid delivery of equipment to the site.

Pilecom, a Western Australian company installed the last of the 46,563 steel post foundations on November 8th.  The tracking system and solar panels are mounted on these piles.

By early December, the solar farm’s civil and mechanical works were completed by the principal construction contractor, Monford Group.  354,452 PV panels and 4,249 torque tubes were installed, with approximately 60km of cable trenching laid and 22 inverters placed onto their foundations.  On-site labour peaked at 425 staff and the speed at which they completed the works was exceptional.Once the field assembly was complete, 300 labour staff demobilised from the site in early December.

Approximately 150 staff remain on-site to continue with electrical works and completion of the solar farm. From now to February 2020, the planned work will include the electrical installation, substation install, electrical testing, O&M Building install and connection to the existing high voltage system.

After completion, approximately 100 staff will be demobilised. The remaining staff will stay on to complete the final electrical installation and testing. This part of the work will continue through to Q2 2020.Throughout all stages of the project, Risen Energy has been working closely with the Merredin Shire Council, the Commander of the local police as well as the Merredin Fire Chief. The Merredin Shire Council gave praise to Risen’s ability to manage such a large work force in their town.The construction staff have used just about every business in the town including the newsagent, bottle shop, butcher, hair salons, restaurants, gift shops, pharmacy and hardware.

Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm construction completed and compliance testing phase underway

Construction of Risen Energy (Australia)’s 100 megawatts AC Yarranlea Solar Farm was completed in August and the facility has entered the commission and compliance phase.  This will continue for several months and include compliance testing with the Australian Energy Marketing Organisation.

“We are currently in the continuous testing phase which is dependent on the network service provider and network operators and will be commercially operational in early 2020” said Eric Lee, General Manager Risen Energy (Australia).

“Part of the commissioning is considering network constraints and we are working with Ergon Energy to maximise power output while minimising impacts to the network”, said Lee.

The solar farm and associated substation infrastructure have been successfully energised using the local distribution network to allow compliance and functional tests to be undertaken. The Australian made 33/110kV transformer that will connect the solar farm to the transmission network, is also in the final stages of commissioning by Wilson Transformer Company.

The Yarranlea Solar Farm is located near Pittsworth, about 50km west of Toowoomba on the Darling Downs. The solar farm is approximately 250ha in area and consists of over 360,000 Risen solar panels mounted on a single axis tracking system.  The farm will generate and deliver clean, renewable electricity to power up to 32,000 homes.

The Yarranlea Solar Farm is connected to the power grid using the existing Ergon Energy infrastructure, located close to the farm site. This allows transmission of power into the Middle Ridge Bulk Supply Substation, ultimately supplying green power to homes, businesses and industries in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area.

The completed facility has a projected life of 30 years. At the end of the facility’s useful operating life, all physical infrastructure will be removed, and the land returned to its former agricultural use.

The Yarranlea Solar Farm will contribute to the green footprint of the state in support of the Queensland Government’s Green Policy.  Risen Energy (Australia) as the owner of the Yarranlea Solar farm has worked within the Queensland Government’s Solar Farm Guidelines which provide a practical guidance for communities, landowners and project proponents.

“Risen Energy (Australia) has progressed the project from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation of the solar farm.  We used our latest PV panel technology to supply power to the grid. Ultimately, integrated battery storage will be incorporated in the solar farm to provide continuous power during periods of peak demand” said Lee.

Risen Energy’s construction of the Merredin Solar Farm set to peak from October

Construction works at the 132 MWdc Merredin Solar Farm site will hit their peak between October and December.

“We expect up to 300 construction workers on site over the coming months with about 100 of them locals from the Merredin area. Originally, we thought 200 workers would be needed, however delays due to the harder than expected ground conditions mean that more construction workers will be required to meet our timeline,” said Risen Energy (Australia)’s, Merredin Solar Farm Project Manager Patrick O’Neill.

“We have been getting three to four phone calls each day from interested workers as well as plenty of CVs. All of these are being passed onto our Perth-based primary contractors Monford Group,” said O’Neill.

Monford Group will be installing the panels, torque tubes, trackers inverters and building the new substation. High voltage conductors to connect the substation to Western Power’s Merredin Terminus have been strung and will be energised once the substation and solar farm are substantially complete.

There were project design changes when early civil works undertaken by Perth-based drilling and piling company, Pilecom, encountered more granite than forecasted by the original surveys. Pilecom adopted different methods to drill post holes into the areas of granite, with steel posts sunk to depths between 1.5m to 3.2m. These posts are for the installation of the tracker system which is required to mount the solar panels and allow them to follow the sun.

Over the past few months, the 360,000 panels and trackers have been delivered to the site in 550 containers.

he 132 MWdc Merredin Solar Farm will use Risen Energy’s 375W Mono solar panels.  These panels will cover approximately 260ha of the 460 hectare farm leased by Risen Energy.

The major construction and movement of heavy vehicles is limited to daylight hours for safety reasons. “We’ve looked into the process of installing panels during the evening. It worked well on our other projects, especially in north eastern Queensland, where we worked a night shift.  There was no noise – we were installing panels in well-lit areas with safety supervision on site, and people actually enjoyed working at night rather than in the heat of the day,” said O’Neill.

“We have approached the Shire of Merredin Council about our proposal to work night shift and they saw no issues with that. Noise will be kept to a minimum as there will be no heavy vehicle and equipment movement during the night – only personnel installing PV panels onto the tracker system by manual labour. The lighting towers will be restricted to direct overhead lighting and focus on the work area below. This will minimise any chance of the lighting being a nuisance to residents and motorists in the area. If any issues did arise, we will tend to the matter with absolute urgency,” explained O’Neill.

The site will be busy until March when Risen Energy aims to start commissioning its new substation. The Merredin Solar Farm staff have been working closely with the Shire of Merredin to deliver the approvals for the Merredin Solar Farm project and will continue to liaise with the council and government agencies to ensure any requirements are satisfied.

Merredin Solar Farm

Risen Energy (Australia) is developing the Merredin Solar Farm, the largest solar farm committed to construction in Western Australia.  Once completed the solar farm will have an expected output of 281GWh of electricity annually, generating enough green energy to power approximately 42,000 Western Australian homes.

The Merredin Solar Farm is located on 460ha of former farming and grazing country adjacent to the Western Power Merredin Terminal and will connect to this facility at 220kV.

A diesel power station is also located adjacent to the Terminal on Robartson Road. Full construction of the solar installation will continue through to early 2020. Merredin Solar Farm will commission and commence power sales in Q2 2020.

“As owners of the Merredin Solar Farm project, Risen Energy (Australia) will progress the project from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation of the solar farm.  We are using our latest PV panel technology to allow it to supply power to the grid. Ultimately, integrated battery storage will be incorporated in the solar farm to provide continuous power during periods of peak demand” said Eric Lee, General Manager Risen Energy (Australia).

The Merredin Solar Farm will endeavour to use as many local resources as possible including labour, equipment, contractors and accommodation. At the height of construction, it is estimated that 300 personnel will be working on the solar farm site.

Local businesses are benefitting from this work in the area including Topline Earthmoving, Merredin Freightlines, Holcim, Wheat Belt Uniforms, Signs and Safety, Landmark Agriculture, Two Dogs Hardware, Merredin Crane Hire, Ron Bateman & Co, Wheatbelt Liquid Waste and Merredin Skip Bins. Perth-based Monford Group and Pilecom are also contracted for the construction of the Merredin Solar Farm. Monford Group have hired a local company to clean and maintain the construction site facility on a weekly basis.

Monford and Risen Energy will continue to seek local services as the project progresses and further services are required. 22 houses are currently being rented to accommodate the solar farm personnel.

Once operational, the solar farm will require 3-5 full time workers to maintain the installation.

Risen Australia achieves 120 MW of rooftop panel sales in a year

Risen Energy (Australia) announced that the company has achieved 120MW of rooftop panels sales in the last 12 months, attaining the highest jump in sales in a one-year period for the company. There is an expectation that this number will grow at a rapid rate in the following years. This is a phenomenal outcome, considering that they only achieved 1MW of module sales in 2014, and 20MW of sales for the same period in the previous year (August 2017 to August 2018).

Due to Risen (AU)’s growth in solar module sales, they are currently top 3 in the distribution market for rooftops, accounting for approximately 10% of Australia’s rooftop market share.


Eric Lee, General manager of Risen (AU) said that these numbers demonstrate the company’s intention to became a key player in the industry and their increasing popularity in the Australian market. “Given our huge sales growth the past year, we are confident that we will continue to grow not just in the upcoming years, but in the long run as well”, said Mr Lee.

Mr Lee adds that there are also plans to invest in renewable energy projects totalling over 2GW in Australia and the company will continue to expand in the energy storage sector.

Risen Energy progressing construction of the Merredin Solar Farm

Construction works have commenced for the 132 MWdc Merredin Solar Farm. Bulk earthworks to prepare the site for installation of the solar panels and substation equipment are well under way.

The substation installation is progressing with equipment foundations being poured, the installation of the control room and erection of the gantry. High voltage wires to connect the substation to Western Power’s Merredin Terminus have been strung and will be energised once the substation and farm are substantially complete.

Fencing of the site has commenced. Site construction amenities and the solar farm road network are being established. Pile driving testing has resumed to check ground conditions for installation of the tracker system that is required to mount the solar panels onto their fixed structures.

Equipment delivery of the 360,000 solar panels and trackers is expected early July. This will be followed by pile driving from late July and then tracker assembly and mounting of the panels.

“There will be an increase in traffic with equipment deliveries from Fremantle.  With the location of the Merredin solar farm to the west of Merredin, it is anticipated there will be no increase in heavy traffic in the town as access to the site will be from Robertson Road.  There may be turning traffic at the intersection of Robartson Road and the highway” said Andrew Owen, Renewable Development Manager, Risen Energy (Australia).

The Merredin Solar Farm is working closely with the Shire of Merredin to deliver the approvals for the Merredin Solar Farm project and will continue to liaise with the Council and government agencies to ensure these requirements are satisfied.