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$50.4m solar farm set to rise out of cane paddock

The $50m Valdora solar farm is set to rise three metres above flooding that inundates the property twice a year. Picture: Graeme Gillies Blue Tongue Helicopters.
The $50m Valdora solar farm is set to rise three metres above flooding that inundates the property twice a year. Picture: Graeme Gillies Blue Tongue Helicopters.

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 Valdora solar farm on Yandina-Coolum Road is meant to save Sunshine Coast Council $20m on electricity over 30 years. Picture: Graeme Gillies Blue Tongue Helicopters
The Valdora solar farm on Yandina-Coolum Road is meant to save Sunshine Coast Council $20m on electricity over 30 years. Picture: Graeme Gillies Blue Tongue Helicopters

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 Valdora solar farm will cover 24ha of a 49ha disued cane farm on Yandina-Coolum Road. Picture: Graeme Gillies Blue Tongue Helicopters
The Valdora solar farm will cover 24ha of a 49ha disued cane farm on Yandina-Coolum Road. Picture: Graeme Gillies Blue Tongue Helicopters

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.

Topics:  renewable energy solar farm sunshine coast council valdora


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