Risen Energy (Australia)’s 132MWdc Merredin Solar Farm is connected to the grid, generating 100% capacity straight into the Western Australian network. Merredin Solar Farm is West Australia’s largest completed solar installation and has an expected output of 274GWh of electricity annually, generating enough green energy to power approximately 42,000 Western Australian homes.
The 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. Risen worked closely with network service provider, Western Power and AEMO through the staged live commissioning process and the solar farm is now exporting 100% capacity output, compatible with Western Power’s grid requirements.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Western Power and their smooth coordination with AEMO has enabled us to reach this milestone of achieving a fully operational solar facility which will supply green power.” said Eric Lee, General Manager of Risen Energy (Australia).
Fastest build of a large-scale solar facility and the importance of good stakeholder relations
Merredin Solar Farm is one of the fastest builds of a large-scale solar farm seen yet.
Due to the close collaboration between WA’s Monford Group and Risen, mechanical completion of the Merredin Solar Farm was achieved in just 3 months. Risen’s large capacity to resource the project meant that they had all materials and resources on site at one given time, allowing it to be put together quickly and without delay.
Ciaran Shannon, General Manager of Monford acknowledged the good working relations between both companies and added that Monford “welcomes the opportunity to deliver further landmark renewable energy projects and support Risen’s commendable goal to deliver 2GW of clean energy to Australia”.
Mr Lee added that Risen’s EPCM team has continued this successful approach on future projects with several tier 1 and tier 2 construction companies, signalling that Risen is on track towards achieving their 2GW goal.
Merredin Solar Farm
As owners of the Merredin Solar Farm project, Risen Energy (Australia) progressed the project from detailed engineering design, through construction, commissioning and operation. The 132 MWdc solar farm consists of 354,452 Risen Energy panels mounted on a single axis tracking system and generates and delivers clean, renewable electricity into the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) making a major contribution to Western Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.