Oakey Solar Farm News
Construction begins at Oakey Solar Farm
22 June 2017
CANADIAN Solar’s Project Manager Wayne Staunton was full of enthusiasm when he and Oakey Deputy Mayor Carol Taylor the first sod to signal the start of construction of Oakey solar farm.
The Oakey Solar PV project will use Tier-1 Canadian Solar panels, tailored for projects of this calibre, and is renowned for quality and performance.
The site was selected following an extensive assessment of its access to grid; suitability of terrain, land use, road access, flooding constraints, local, state and federal planning laws, environmental controls, solar resource and community benefits.
Oakey Solar Farm will create economic benefits to the local region and will increase the skills and capabilities of the contractors. We are aiming to use local expertise and resources where possible to ensure economic benefit for the area.
The project will generate enough energy to power approximately 24,000 homes.
ABC Southern Queensland
22 June 22 at 7:14pm
WATCH: Construction has begun on southern Queensland's first federally funded solar farm, outside of Oakey. Several solar farms are planned for the Darling and Western Downs and the Canadian Solar project is the first to start.
Interview between Canadian Solar Project Manager Wayne Staunton and Belinda at ABC Radio
22 June 22
Canadian Solar share information and initiatives at Enterprise Evening in Dalby
November 7th, 2016
Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise hosted the November Enterprise Evening on November 10 in Dalby. Darling Downs residents were given the opportunity to hear from representatives of the Oakey renewable energy project, Canadian Solar, who shared information about the key initiatives of the Oakey Solar Farm development.
Speaker from Canadian Solar:
Daniel Ruoss - General Manager, South East Asia & Australia Region, Energy Group, Canadian Solar (solar farm at Oakey)
Mr Reagan Parle said the TSBE network could benefit from the project. “We’re expecting a large cohort of supply chain businesses who would be keen to hear about the new opportunity,” he said. “The solar project has aspects of work that are similar to what we’ve conducted before and have strong credentials in civil and construction, earthworks and built infrastructure opportunities.”
A question and answer panel held on the night, discussed the effort and contribution of alternate energy leaders to support Australia’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has ARENA funding to develop projects expected to advance renewable energy technologies towards commercial reality. “This is where the government comes in and these projects have responded to an opportunity and stimulus to develop their projects.”
At the Enterprise Evening, an update on supplier information, including pre-qualification requirements, contracting preferences and local supplier engagement processes were provided to the audience.
“Renewably energy is a different stream in the region and this is a sector that many are not familiar with. There is growing and emerging interest for Queensland around renewables. TSBE is very excited to host and hear from the industry leaders who are championing the renewables sector in the region” said Mr Reagan Parle from the TSBE Network.
Canadian Solar submits ARENA Advancing Renewables Programme Full Application
June 15th, 2016
Canadian Solar's Oakey Project proposal has been shortlisted for the ARENA Large-Scale Solar PV – Competitive Round under the Advancing Renewables Programme after submitting an Expression of Interest Application.
Following the Expression of Interest Application, Canadian Solar has recently submitted the final component of the application on June 15th, 2016. Canadian Solar are currently anticipating the next stages of the submission, where results of the chosen projects granted ARENA funding will be released in September, 2016.
The Oakey Solar Farm Project will form an important showcase and economic driver for not only the local diversity of the region, but the whole of Australia and the renewable energy industry in general.
For more information on the ARENA Programme and to view shortlisted projects please view the following link: http://arena.gov.au/programmes/advancing-renewables-programme/large-scale-solar-pv/