Trina Solar powers Australia’s Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

As per a contractual agreement, Trina Solar will supply 57,000 Duomax PEG14 solar PV modules, each with a power output of 315 W, to Australia’s 15 MW solar farm in Valdora.

Due to frequent serious weather events on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, such as cyclones, the choice of Duomax modules, whose robust mechanical properties can withstand extreme weather conditions, was a key deciding factor.

Furthermore, the frameless design and dual glass technology ensure high performance of the 72-cell Duomax modules –features also present in the company’s latest bifacial module built with PERC technology.

Earlier, Sydney-based Downer was contracted to handle the EPC duties in Valdora, which is now set to host the country’s fifth-largest solar farm, spreading across 24 hectares and with the ability to generate 15,000 kWh at its peak.

“It is our great pleasure to once again work with Downer to deliver a milestone for the Australian utility industry – the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is one of the first projects to be delivered at the 1,500V rating system. We are proud to have played a part in helping the region transition into a clean energy economy,” said Helena Li, Trina Solar Asia Pacific and Middle East President.

“We’re pleased to continue growing our relationships with partners like Trina Solar to deliver large-scale renewable projects and continue our leadership in the renewable energy sector,” said Trevor Cohen, Downer Utilities Executive Director.

After some delays, construction is now well underway at the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, which is on track to be fully operational by mid-2017.

The 15 MW farm is expected to save the local Sunshine Coast Council as much up to $22 million after costs over the period of 30 years based on today’s electricity prices.

With the ongoing project in its portfolio, the Council will become Australia’s first local government to receive 100% RES electricity supply.