THE scale of the Sunshine Coast region's first solar farm beginning to come out of the ground is best understood from the air.
And out of the ground, or at least above it, the farm will need to be on a site that has historically flooded twice a year.
The support structures needed to lift the panels more than three metres above the water appear from the air like pins in a cushion.
The farm will cover 24ha of the the 49ha disused cane farm and ultimately consist of 57,000, 20m by 4m panels capable of pumping 15,000 kilowatts of electricity into the network.
The first panel was only lifted into place on October 4.
The now $50.4 million investment, due for completion mid next year, has been designed to deliver a 100% offset of the council's electricity consumption.
The expectation is the solar farm will deliver ratepayers a saving on electricity bills for council utilities of $20 million over 30 years after costs.
The 15 megawatt solar farm, the fifth-largest in Australia, will eventually be screened from Yandina-Coolum Road by 10m green buffer consisting of 36,000 trees.
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