333 MW Darlington Point Solar Farm to use DuraTrack® HZ v3 solar trackers
Sydney, Australia: Array Technologies has been commissioned to supply its award-winning DuraTrack HZ v3 as the tracker of choice for the 333 MW Darlington Point Solar Farm, 50 kilometers south of Griffith, New South Wales. This project, a joint venture between leading Australian renewable energy developer Edify Energy and Octopus Investments, will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia and will provide reliable, clean power to over 115,000 Australian homes annually. The site is expected to begin commercial operations in early 2020.
“We are proud to support Australia’s ambitious effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels as well as partner with Edify Energy and Signal Energy on completing one of the largest solar power plants in the country,” says Jeff Krantz, executive vice president of global sales of Array Technologies. “Massive projects, such as this one, require the lowest levelized cost of energy from their tracking technology in order to stack up economically and we are pleased to offer the best solution.”
In addition to the latest landmark project, Array has established itself in Australia as the preferred solar tracker company with 55% market share reported in 2018 by Wood-Mackenize’s Greentech Media. The global tracker firm has supplied over 1.5 GW of technology to Australian solar farms to date. “We have chosen Array Technologies to supply solar trackers to the Darlington Point Solar Farm because Array delivers an innovative, robust tracking solution that through engineered simplicity, reduces long-term maintenance to deliver the lowest levelized cost of energy for our projects,” said John Cole, chief executive of Edify Energy.
Constructing the project over the next year is Signal Energy Australia. “We are pleased to work with Array Technologies,” said Robbin Russell, general manager of Signal Energy. “Array has been the tracking system partner on more than one gigawatt of solar projects built by Signal Energy over the past ten years.”
A pioneer in the solar industry, Array boasts over 25 GW years of energy production and over 10 GW of solar trackers shipped globally. The Darlington Point Solar Farm is an exciting project for Array’s portfolio and a testament to the maturity of the Australian solar market. Global demand for solar trackers continues to grow rapidly in locations with higher irradiance where solar tracking can deliver 20-25% increased power production. Array’s technology is proven to be a cost-effective solution to maximize solar project returns.
About Array Technologies
Array Technologies, Inc. is the leading solar tracking solutions and services provider for utility-scale projects. With efficient installation and terrain flexibility coupled with high reliability, durability, and performance, Array delivers the best project returns in the industry. As the chosen tracker for more than 25 GW years of energy production, Array’s products have been optimized through unparalleled experience garnered over three decades. Array Technologies is headquartered in the United States with offices in Europe, Central and South America, and Australia. For more information, please visit www.arraytechinc.com.
About Edify Energy
Edify Energy is a market leading Australian renewable energy & storage development and investment company. It provides development capital to projects and works with its partners to ensure high quality renewable energy and storage projects are structured, financed, brought into operation and managed to maximize output and achieve stakeholder objectives. To date Edify Energy has successfully overseen the development, structuring and financing and delivery of 773MW DC of utility scale solar projects and a 25MW / 50MWh battery energy storage system. Those projects will produce enough electricity to power over 280,000 Australian homes, representing nearly 3% of all homes in Australia. Edify Energy is funding and supporting the development of a large portfolio of renewable energy and storage projects and is committed to producing clean green electricity solutions for Australian electricity consumers. For more information visit edifyenergy.com.
About Signal Energy
Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, headquartered in Sydney NSW, is a leading full service design/build contractor providing Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services for utility-scale renewable energy projects. Signal Energy Australia is a subsidiary of Signal Energy LLC. For more information visit: signalenergy.com.
About Octopus Investments (Australia)
Octopus is the largest non-utility investor in onshore renewables in the UK, and also the largest commercial solar player in Europe with an AUD 4.5bn portfolio of clean energy assets, totaling 2,026MW. Since 2011, the team has built market-leading positions as an investor and manager of solar, wind, biogas, biomass, landfill gas, and reserve power assets. Its mission is to address the inefficiencies of the energy market by offering smart technology-led solutions based on innovation and customer focus, helping to provide flexibility and de-carbonise our energy system and our environment. As we look to launch two new renewable energy funds in Australia in 2019, Australian investors will benefit from the same problem-solving, customer-focused approach. We call it ‘a brighter way,’ creating better futures for everyone. For more information visit octopusinvestments.com.au.