Downer EDI has secured an EPC contract worth AUD150m ($113m) from First Solar for the 87MWac Beryl Solar Farm in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
Downer CEO Grant Fenn said: “Large-scale projects are critical to our regional communities and we are looking forward to partnering with First Solar to deliver the Beryl Solar Farm that will see significant economic and environmental benefits in regional New South Wales.
“This includes direct and indirect job creation, support for local businesses, and the development of skills in a growing renewable sector.”
First Solar vice president of Asia Pacific Steven Jackson said: “We look forward to working with Downer to successfully deliver the project.
“The Beryl Solar Farm will be one of the first large-scale renewable projects to use First Solar’s Series 6 thin film photovoltaic modules.
“Series 6 modules deliver more watts per connection than crystalline silicon modules. This enables Downer to realise construction cost savings while maximising the energy production for the project site, resulting in a lower levelised cost of energy.”
The Beryl Solar Farm, located about 5km west of Gulgong, will generated electricity with no water use, no air emissions, and no waste production, with the smallest carbon footprint of any PV technology available.
The 260,000 advanced solar modules on the Beryl Solar Farm will produce energy to run 25,000 average NSW homes, displacing more than 167,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Construction is scheduled to take approximately 12 months.
Downer, a provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand, helps its customers design, build and sustain assets, infrastructure and facilities.
It has operations in Australia, New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific region, South America and Southern Africa.
First Solar provides comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology.
Its integrated power plant solutions deliver an alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation.