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.
www.merredinsolar.com.au

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.

Risen Energy progressing construction of the Yarranlea Solar Farm

Risen Energy progressing construction of the Yarranlea Solar Farm

The construction of Risen Energy (Australia)’s 100 megawatts AC Yarranlea Solar Farm is progressing to schedule.

The solar installation is located near Pittsworth, Queensland, approximately 50km west of Toowoomba on the Darling Downs. The solar farm is approximately 250ha in area, consists of over 360,000 Risen 1500VDC Mono PV panels which utilises the latest technology and are mounted on a single axis tracking system. The solar farm will generate and deliver clean, renewable electricity to power up to 32,000 homes.

The Yarranlea Solar Farm will connect to the power grid using the existing Ergon Energy infrastructure, located close to the development site. This will allow transmission of power into the Middle Ridge Bulk Supply Substation for ultimate use in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area.

The bulk earthworks were completed earlier this year by Sedl civil contractors, a local Toowoomba based firm and the substation installation is being progressed by Yurika, the “commercial” arm of Energy Queensland.  All civil works, including upgrading of some roads adjoining the site have been undertaken in accordance with Council issued Operational Works Permits.

To ensure the project complies with environmental and planning requirements and minimises potential environmental impacts, a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) has been prepared for the project.  This CEMP includes specific requirements to reduce impacts from erosion and sedimentation, dust, traffic , flora and fauna impacts, weeds and other environmental elements.

The Monford Group,  a construction firm with sound solar farm experience is the primary construction contractor. Yarranlea Solar Farm is a construction site which adheres to strict occupational health and safety rules.  Monfords have recently completed the installation of the mechanical elements of the solar farm.  This included the  pile driving of the supports for the panel trackers, the assembly of the trackers and the mounting of the Risen Energy solar panels.

“The project is currently in the electrical installation phase.  This includes the placing and cabling of the container mounted SMA inverters and routing of cables to connect the inverters to the solar farm substation. Approximately 110 workers are currently on site” said Andrew Owen, Renewable Development Manager, Risen Energy (Australia).

The Yarranlea Solar Farm is utilising local resources where ever possible and we are working with the local community to deliver the project with a minimum of disruption.  To date, approximately 65% of the workers have been sourced from the Darling Downs area.  Once operational, the solar farm will require 3-5 full time workers to maintain the installation.

Local nursery identity Penny McKinlay is co-ordinating the planting of screening vegetation surrounding the solar farm.  Penny has arranged the propagation of 7,000+ seedlings and these will be planted once weather conditions are favourable.

Construction of the Yarranlea Solar Farm is scheduled to be completed in October 2019 and once commissioned will supply 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. As owners of the Yarranlea Solar Farm project, Risen Energy (Australia) is progressing the project from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation of the solar farm.

“As owners of the Yarranlea Solar Farm project, Risen Energy (Australia) is progressing 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).

Risen Energy commemorates the start of construction of the Merredin Solar Farm

Risen Energy commemorates the start of construction of the Merredin Solar Farm
To commemorate the start of construction of the 132 MWdc Merredin Solar Farm, Risen Energy (Australia) conducted a Ground Breaking Ceremony with Honourable Mia Davies, MLA, Member for Central Wheatbelt, Cr Ken Hooper, President, Shire of Merredin and Eric Lee, General Manager Risen Energy (Australia) on Friday March 15.
This ceremony reinforces the importance of the working relationship between the State, Council and Risen Energy (Australia) in developing such a significant project within the region.
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 the Merredin Terminal at 220kV.
A diesel power station is also located adjacent to the Terminal on Robartson Road.
Initially construction will involve bulk earthworks to prepare the site for installation of the solar panels and substation equipment.
Full construction of the solar installation starts soon and will continue through to mid-late 2019. Merredin Solar Farm will commission and commence power sales in Q4 2019.
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. They will supply the 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.
The Merredin Solar Farm will endeavour to use as many local resources as is possible including labour, equipment, contractors and accommodation. It is anticipated that around 200 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the plant which will have approximately 360,000 solar panels installed at the site.
Once operational, the solar farm will require 3-5 full time workers to maintain the installation.

When completed the Merredin Solar Farm will supply power to homes, businesses and industries in the wheatbelt region and the South West. 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 Merredin Solar Farm has worked closely with local government to deliver the approvals for the Merredin Solar Farm project. This has included focusing on planning consents at a local, regional and state level. The development approvals established certain conditions on the solar farm’s construction. These include sourcing permits for elements of the installation, the upgrading of identified roads potentially impacted by the development and compliance with environmental requirements. Merredin Solar Farm will continue to liaise with the Merredin Shire and government agencies to ensure these requirements are satisfied.
Merredin Solar Farm has worked closely with the State Government’s corporate entity, Western Power to determine the most appropriate connection to the local electricity grid. This connection will be into the existing high voltage Merredin Terminal Substation, which ultimately feeds into the Western Australian transmission network. Western Power is currently expanding its facility at the Merredin Terminal to enable the solar farm to connect.
Merredin council’s support of renewables has created a renewable energy hotspot for this Wheatbelt town.
Risen Energy (Australia) is one of the largest and most reliable suppliers of solar panels within Australia.
“Merredin Solar Farm is our second acquisition of a utility-scale solar farm which we will progress from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation. Our first acquisition was for the 100 megawatt (AC) Yarranlea Solar Farm in South West Queensland where construction is underway.” said John Zhong, Project Development & Investment Director, Risen Energy (Australia).
“Risen Energy (Australia)’s long term goal is the establishment of 2GW of solar farms over the next few years. This reinforces our intention of becoming a key player in the national solar industry.” said Zhong.
www.merredinsolar.com.au

About Risen Energy
Risen Energy (Australia) has had an established presence in the Australian market since 2008, supplying solar PV panels for the retail market. Its long-term goal also includes the funding, constructing and operating commercial and utility-scale solar projects.
Risen Energy was founded in 1986 and is a leading China-based PV solutions provider that is traded as an A-share on China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Risen Energy has over 6,500 employees globally and are the seventh largest PV module supplier in the world, completing over thousands of grid-connected projects globally, including self-developed projects that they manage directly.
www.risenenergy.com.au

Construction of Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm is progressing well

Construction of Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm is progressing well

Risen Energy’s 100 megawatts AC Yarranlea Solar Farm is well into the second stage of construction. The solar installation is located near Pittsworth, approximately 50km west of Toowoomba on the Darling Downs. The solar farm is approximately 250ha in area, consisting of over 360,000 solar panels mounted on a single axis tracking system and will generate and deliver clean, renewable electricity to power up to 32,000 homes. It will connect to the power grid using the existing Ergon Energy infrastructure, located close to the development site. This will allow transmission of power into the Middle Ridge Bulk Supply Substation for ultimate use in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area. The bulk earthworks have been completed by Sedl civil contractors, a local Toowoomba based firm and the substation installation is being progressed by Yurika, the “commercial” arm of Energy Queensland.

The ongoing survey works for construction monitoring are being done by Byrne Surveyors, a long-established Toowoomba survey firm. For over 50 years Byrne Surveyors has undertaken surveys throughout South West Queensland, covering the Darling Downs, Lockyer Valley, Granite Belt and Maranoa Districts. The external fencing of the solar farm is almost complete.

The primary construction contract has been awarded to Monford Group, a construction firm with sound solar farm experience. Construction of the solar farm started in earnest early in the new year with pile driving of the supports for the panel trackers. Tracker assembly will commence mid-February and the first panels will be mounted shortly thereafter.

The Yarranlea Solar Farm is utilising local resources where ever possible and we are working with the local community to deliver the project with a minimum of disruption. The Solar Farm will contribute to the green footprint of the state in support of the Queensland Government’s Green Policy. As owners of the Yarranlea Solar Farm project, Risen Energy is progressing the project from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation of the solar farm. It is anticipated that approximately 200 positions will be created during the construction of the Yarranlea Solar Farm.

Once operational, the solar farm will require 3-5 full time workers to maintain the installation.
Construction of the solar installation is scheduled to be completed October 2019 and once commissioned will supply 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.

“Risen Energy (Australia)’s long term goal is the establishment of 2GW of solar farms over the next few years. This reinforces our intention of becoming a key player in the national solar industry.” said John Zhong, Project Development & Investment Director, Risen Energy (Australia).
“Our first utility-scale solar farm acquisition was Yarranlea Solar Farm and construction is well underway. Merredin Solar Farm in the Central Wheatbelt area of Western Australia is our second, which we will progress from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation” said Zhong.

Risen Energy connects 40MW PV project in Kazakhstan to national grid

Risen Energy connects 40MW PV project in Kazakhstan to national grid

Risen Energy has formally connected a 40MW photovoltaic power station project in Kazakhstan to the national grid. With this development, Risen Energy stands as the first privately-owned enterprise investing in the construction of PV installations in Kazakhstan.

The installation, located in Gulshat, Aktogay District, Karaganda Region of Kazakhstan, features 325W Poly 1500VDC polycrystalline modules and is expected to generate 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

Risen Hong Kong general manager Champion Yuan said: “The project held its groundbreaking ceremony in June 2018 and connected to the grid in December, fully reflecting the strength and efficiency of Risen Energy’s workforce. As a result of designing and building the 40MW power plant, we have a comprehensive understanding of the market and regulatory environment in Kazakhstan.

“The replicable construction experience is expected to help overseas teams to better participate in the development of follow-up projects. We also hope to use this as an opportunity to help more Chinese brands effortlessly enter the Kazakhstan market, share in a piece of the pie, and contribute China’s prowess across the sector to the cause of global green development.”

By Conor Ryan, PV Tech

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Risen Energy’s JÄGER HP PERC module conversion efficiency reaches record 21%

Risen Energy’s JÄGER HP PERC module conversion efficiency reaches record 21%

Major China-based PV module manufacturer Risen Energy has reported its latest JÄGER HP 72-cell sized module has achieved a record conversion efficiency of up to 21%, tested and certified by independent third-party institute TUV-SUD.

The TUV SUD verified data under Standard Test Conditions (STC) was achieved using commercial sized (156mm x 156mm2) monocrystalline wafers in a half-cut (140-cell) configuration.

The cells are ALD-AlOx passivated PERC technology with Light Reflecting Film (LRF) ribbon as well hi-spec white EVA and narrow distance between connected cells to reduce cell to module (CTM) losses.

In 2018, Risen Energy claimed to be the first large PV manufacturer to realize volume production at the gigawatt-scale of bifacial ALD-AlOx passivated PERC technology, producing average cell efficiencies of 22.2%, with the maximum production line efficiency of up to 22.51%.

The company had supplied 60MW of JÄGER HP high-efficiency bifacial modules to a ‘Top Runner’ program in China in 2018.

According to PV Tech’s annual analysis of upstream PV manufacturers R&D spending trends, Risen Energy has significantly increased activities in recent years. The company spent US$56.45 million in 2017, up from US$14.6 million in the previous year.

By Mark Osborne, PV Tech

 

Risen Energy Renewable Target (RERT) – 2 GW+

Risen Energy Renewable Target (RERT) – 2 GW+
RERT 1 – Yarranlea Solar Farm (QLD) Construction Underway
RERT 2 – Merredin Solar Farm (WA) Share Purchase Agreement Signed
Risen Energy to acquire Merredin Solar Farm from Ingenious- backed Stellata Energy with the Share Purchase Agreement executed in October 2018.
Merredin Solar Farm is a proposed development for a 100 MW (AC) Solar PV farm at Merredin in Western Australia’s central wheatbelt. Merredin Solar Farm – Phase 1 will consist of circa 405,000 tracking solar PV modules covering an area of roughly 350 hectares, with an expected output of 281GWh of electricity per annum.
The Merredin Solar Farm will generate and deliver clean, renewable electricity into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) each year making a major contribution to Western Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.
Once connected Merredin Solar Farm will generate enough energy to power approximately 42,000 Western Australian homes annually.

Risen Energy Renewable Target (RERT) – 2 GW+
“Risen Energy (Australia) is going to invest progressively in an excess of 2 GW of renewable projects in Australia with further investments in storage in the future. We will be acquiring projects that are shovel ready, projects that are looking for financial and/or EPC partner, projects that are looking for a co-developer.” said John Zhong, Project Development & Investment Director, Risen Energy (Australia).

RERT 1 – Yarranlea Solar Farm (QLD) Construction Underway
RERT 2 – Merredin Solar Farm (WA) Share Purchase Agreement Signed
“Our first acquisition for the 100 megawatt (AC) Yarranlea Solar Farm in Queensland was completed in early 2018 and construction is underway. Merredin Solar Farm is our second acquisition with the Share Purchase Agreement executed in October 2018.”
“We will aim for completion of the acquisition of Merredin Solar Farm in late 2018 with 100% share outright purchase of Merredin Solar Farm SPV as soon as possible.”
“Risen Energy will fund some equity of the Merredin Solar Farm project with an aim to achieve financial close in late 2018.” continued Zhong.
Sebastian Speight, MD of Ingenious Infrastructure (joint venture partner in Stellata), commented “We are delighted to have reached this milestone with Risen and are looking forward to getting the project into construction at the end of 2018”.

About Merredin Solar Farm
Plant Size 132 MWp
Location Merredin WA 6415
Approximate Land Area Required ~350 Ha
Expected Output (Per Annum) 281 GWh
Projected Project Life 30 Years
Grid Connection Merredin Terminal Substation
Network Operator Western Power
Commencement Of Construction Target Late 2018
Commercial Operations Date Target Late 2019

About Risen Energy
Risen Energy was founded in 1986 and is a leading China-based PV solutions provider that is traded as an A-share on China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Risen Energy has over 6,500 employees globally and are the seventh largest PV module supplier in the world, completing over thousands of grid-connected projects globally, including self-developed projects that they manage directly.
Risen Energy (Australia) has had an established presence in the Australian market since 2008, supplying solar PV panels for the retail market. Its long-term goal also includes the funding, constructing and operating commercial and utility-scale solar projects.
www.risenenergy.com

About Stellata
Stellata is a joint venture comprising Stellata Energy and London based Ingenious Infrastructure, with the JV team comprising more than 35 industry specialists. The Stellata JV team have developed over 500MW of utility scale solar PV assets across the UK and Europe, with Merredin Solar Farm representing the successful development of their first utility scale solar project in Australia.
www.stellata.com.au
www.theingeniousgroup.co.uk

Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines released at Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm

The Queensland Government released their Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines at Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm.
The Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines provide practical guidance for communities’ landowners and project proponents.
“These guidelines are a clear checklist for local governments about what’s needed for sustainable, community and industry led large-scale solar development.” said Dr Lynham, Queensland Minister for National Resources, Mines and Energy.
‘Over the past three years Queensland has seen an unprecedented wave of renewable energy investment worth $1.3 billion with the construction of 13 large-scale solar projects from Lakeland in the Far North to Dalby in the south-west”.
“In the south-west alone, five large-scale solar projects are either underway or financially committed, bringing almost $640 million in investment and 670 jobs to the south-west, as well as more than 300 megawatts of renewable energy for the grid.
One of these large-scale solar projects under construction in Queensland’s south-west is Risen Energy’s Yarranlea Solar Farm, which was the venue for the Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines release.
The Yarranlea Solar Farm is in the second stage of construction and is located near Pittsworth, approximately 50km west of Toowoomba on the Darling Downs. The farm will be approximately 250ha in area and have a generation capacity of approximately 100 megawatt (AC), being sufficient to power up to 32,000 homes.
The Yarranlea Solar Farm is utilising local resources where ever possible and we are working with the local community to deliver the project with a minimum of disruption.
The Solar Farm will contribute to the green footprint of the state in support of the Queensland Government’s Green Policy.
“Yarranlea Solar and Risen Energy strongly support the Queensland Government’s initiative in developing the Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines and submitted a comprehensive review and provided positive feedback to the Government on these guidelines” said John Zhong, Project Development & Investment Director, Risen Energy (Australia).
“Risen Energy Australia has assembled an experienced development team with strong power industry backgrounds and have been able to provide a practical review aiding the development of the Guidelines” continued Zhong.
“Risen’s future developments will address and accord with the Guidelines, providing a roadmap for the engagement of the communities potentially impacted by development of Risen Energy projects.” said Zhong.
Queensland Solar Farm Guidelines
For traditional owners, communities and landholders the guidelines outline approval processes, technical and environmental consideration, ways to give feedback, information on the stages of solar development and what a new solar project can mean for a community.
For industry, these guidelines provide a one-stop-shop guide on navigating government development approvals, expectations about best practice to engage the local community, location guidance and the legal framework which governs solar farm developments.
Solar Farm site visit
To commemorate this site visit a ceremonial tree was be planted as part of the 7,500 trees for the screening vegetation supplied by McKinlay Nursery in Pittsworth. Purchasing these through a the McKinlay Nursery aligns with Risen Energy’s focus on using local resources where possible.
During this site visit the bulk earthworks undertaken to prepare the site for installation of the solar panels and the substation construction were viewed. The earthworks are being undertaken by Sedl Constructions, a local Toowoomba firm who have been engaged to complete the multi-million dollar earth works contract. The substation installation is being progressed by Yurika, the “commercial” arm of Energy Queensland.
Key attendees from Yarranlea Solar and Risen Energy (Australia) include Eric Lee, General Manager Risen Energy (Australia); John Zhong, Development and Investment Director, Risen Energy (Australia); Ross Tabaie, EPC Director; Chao Jia, Sales Director Risen Energy (Australia); Archie Chen, CFO Risen Energy (Australia); and Toby Menezes, Project Manager.
As owners of the Yarranlea Solar Farm project, Risen Energy is progressing the project from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and ultimately the operation of the solar farm.
The main contract for the construction and installation of the solar farm is in the assessment stage. We would expect the successful tender to mobilise to site in mid- October.
Yarranlea Solar will be outsourcing construction contracts for the solar farm. This is specialised work, and local contractors and firms will be utilised where possible.
It is anticipated that approximately 200 positions will be created during the construction of the Yarranlea Solar farm which will have approximately 400,000 solar panels installed at the site. The workforce on site at any one time will vary as the project cycles through various construction phases (civil works, foundations, assembly, electrical assembly, cabling, commissioning).
Construction of the solar installation started mid-year and will continue through to 2019.
Yarranlea Solar has engaged Yurika, the commercial arm of Energy Queensland to develop a switching station which will allow the solar farm to connect to the existing 110kV network. Works on the switching station and farm substation have commenced.
In recognition of the importance of supporting local businesses, the Yarranlea Solar management team has arranged for accommodation within the town of Pittsworth.
Yarranlea Solar Farm, Queensland
The 100 megawatts AC Yarranlea Solar Farm will connect to the power grid using the existing Ergon Energy infrastructure, located close to the development site. This will allow transmission of power into the Middle Ridge Bulk Supply Substation for ultimate use in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area.
Yarranlea Solar Farm, Queensland will use the latest Risen Energy PV panel technology and eventually integrate battery storage to allow it to supply power to the grid during periods of peak demand. The completed facility will have an operating life of 30 years, with the option for extensions. At the end of the facility’s useful operating life, all physical infrastructure will be decommissioned, and the land returned to its former agricultural use.
The project received development approval from the Toowoomba Regional Council in February 2017. Detailed studies and plans for the project can be accessed through the Yarranlea web site. www.yarranleasolar.com.au

About Risen Energy
Risen Energy was founded in 1986 and is a leading China-based PV solutions provider that is traded as an A-share on China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Risen Energy has over 6500 employees globally and are the seventh largest PV module supplier in the world, completing over thousands of grid-connected projects globally, including self-developed projects that they manage directly.
Risen Energy (Australia) has had an established presence in the Australian market since 2008, supplying solar PV panels for the retail market. Its long-term goal also includes the funding, constructing and operating commercial and utility-scale solar projects.
www.risenenergy.com.au