The proposed Rodds Bay Solar Farm is a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm project located near the township of Bororen, approximately 50km south of Gladstone, Queensland. The project is being developed by Renew Estate Pty Ltd, an Australian renewable energy company.
Rodds Bay Solar Farm would be located on land that is currently used for grazing and is near Gladstone city in Queensland.
About the Project
The proposed Rodds Bay Solar Farm is a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm. A solar farm of this size is expected to produce 625 GWh of renewable energy each year, enough to power approximately 88,000 homes.
Rodds Bay Solar Farm is being developed by Renew Estate Pty Ltd, a development organisation co-founded and funded by WIRSOL Energy Pty Ltd.
The project will feature high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on a single-axis tracking array structure. The tracking system will orient the solar modules to follow the sun from east to west each day. The tracking structures will be mounted on piles, which will be screwed or pile driven, eliminating the need for concrete and foundations.
This construction methodology keeps ground disturbance to a minimum and maintains the maximum amount of existing vegetation possible (considering environmental and bushfire management requirements). The vegetation onsite would likely be maintained by grazing sheep.
The operational lifetime of the solar farm would be 30 years, at which time the site will either be decommissioned or continue to operate (after potentially being refurbished). Decommissioning would return the site to the pre-development condition.
The Gladstone Regional Council granted planning approval for Rodds Bay Solar Farm in July 2018. Construction is expected to commence in Q2 2019 and the project will be fully operational in Q3 2020.