Oakey Solar Farm News

University of Queensland knowledge sharing

November 2017

University of Queensland at Oakey solar farm field trips and knowledge sharing
University of Queensland at Oakey solar farm field trips and knowledge sharing

Canadian Solar engaged with University of Queensland arranged a site visit for the students to Oakey Solar Farm in the morning of 25th September 2017, following with the Knowledge Sharing Presentation at Oakey RSL in the afternoon.

The Oakey Solar Farm project provides an ideal opportunity to increase education about renewable energy and energy saving initiatives.



Oakey Solar Farm Project Progress: Site office set up completedOakey Solar Farm Project Progress:
Site office set up completed

Oakey Solar Farm Construction commenced on site.

The main civil works continued including hard stands and access roads.

Construction begins at Oakey Solar Farm

22 June 2017

soil turning ceremony

Marking the start of construction with a soil-turning at the Oakey Solar Farm on 22nd June 2017: Canadian Solar Project Manager Wayne Staunton with land-owner Ian Speed and
Toowoomba Regional Councillor Carol Taylor and RCR Infrastructure teams and Speed family.


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

Interview between Canadian Solar Project Manager Wayne Staunton and Belinda at ABC Radio

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.

Daniel Ruoss from Canadian Solar, Keith Robertson from Origin Energy and Neil Cook

Daniel Ruoss from Canadian Solar, Keith Robertson from Origin Energy and Neil Cook

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: