Renewable Energy The IIG Solar Income Fund asset

The Williamsdale Solar Farm

A 11 MW solar farm located south of Canberra in the ACT.

Published: November 23, 2017

About The Solar Farm

The Williamsdale Solar Farm is the largest of the Solar Income Fund acquisitions. It reached practical completion on 28 April 2017 and was purchased by the Fund on 5 May 2017.

The 11.2 MWp solar farm is expected to generate 21,091 MWh in its first year of operation.

Williamsdale Solar Farm

Williamsdale has sun tracking technology to maximise generation from the site. Williamsdale is divided into two systems, so that the facility can participate in both the ACT’s large and medium-scale feed-in-tariff schemes.

Asset Type

Renewable Energy Infrastructure

Location

30km south of Canberra, ACT.

Generating Capacity

11.2 megawatt peak (MWp)

Purchase Price

$39 million

Commissioned Date

February 2017

PPA Term

20 years

Impact

Key Stats
Annual CO2-e Tonnes Abated 17,250
Annual Clean Energy Generation 21,091 MWh
Full Time Equivalent Jobs During Construction 150

Logs salvaged from the construction of the Williamsdale Solar Farm were included in an initiative to help preserve native fish populations in the Murray Darling Basin, currently at or below 10% of pre-European settlement levels.

The Native Fish Strategy is an initiative of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority that aims to rehabilitate native fish populations across the basin to 60% by 2054 and to ensure sustainable fish populations and communities are present throughout the basin.

As part of this strategy, seven demonstration sites have been developed. One of these is the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach (UMDR), which extends from west of Canberra down to NSW slightly south of the southern edge of the ACT. The UMDR aims to improve fish habitat and river health for native fish in the upper Murrumbidgee.

The logs salvaged from the construction of the Williamsdale Solar Farm will be used to create artificial ‘logjam’ fish habitats. These habitats are intended to assist native fish such as Macquarie Perch, Golden Perch, Murray Cod and Trout Cod as they move along the Murrumbidgee River.