The Project

Project Location 

Jindera Solar Farm project is located approximately 4 kilometres north of Jindera. The site is located within the Greater Hume Local Government Area. The project area is split in to two solar farm areas linked by a narrow strip incorporating cables.

Access to the sites will be via Walla Walla Jindera Road and Urana Road.

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Project summary

The Jindera Solar Farm will have a capacity of approximately 120 MW (AC) and development footprint covers about 327 hectares of land. 

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Project Plan

The project entails:

● Approximately 400,000 solar panels mounted on single axis tracking system.
● Operations and maintenance building with associated car parking.
● Internal access tracks.
● Inverter/transformer units.
● An electrical substation.
● Overhead and underground electrical cables.
● Grid connection to the Jindera Substation
● Security fencing and CCTV.
● Pollinator-friendly, native vegetation planting to provide visual screening.

 Construction of the proposal is expected to take up to 12 months. The project lifespan is expected to be 30 years.

 The site was selected because it provides the optimal combination of:

● Access to the electrical distribution network
● Excellent solar exposure
● Level or relatively flat terrain for cost-effective construction
● Excellent access to local and major roads.
● Low environmental constraints (predominantly cleared cropping / grazing land).

Full details of the Development Application, Environmental Impact Statement, Development Consent and all related documents can be found here.

 

Project Benefits

Jindera Solar Farm would generate around 275,000 MWh per year, which provides enough energy to keep the lights, heating and cooling on in 46,000 Australia homes*. 

During the construction phase the project will support 200 jobs directly as well as providing to local suppliers with the opportunity to provide food, accommodation and other supply chain or construction activities. 

The project will also contribute $1.7 million, including an initial payment directly to the Hume Shire council to be spent on existing community requirements, and an onoing payment to local community services for the life of the projects.

Once operational the Jindera Solar Farm will be quiet and unobtrusive, and support neighbouring producers by contributing to healthy agricultural ecosystems. 

Early in the project the Jindera Solar farm team will conduct extensive planting on the site to ensure native, pollinator-friendly trees and shrubs are well established by the time the solar farm is operational in 2024. Of the 5800 trees overall, the planting will include 2300 River Red Gums, White, Yellow and Red Box Eucalypts, to provide a mighty overstory, and Silver, Hickory and Western Siver Wattle for dense undergrowth. This combination of species is recommended by organisations like Sustainable Farms and the Wheen Bee foundation as they provide pollinator-friendly habitats and nectar producing flowers all year round.  

To find out more about our planting please click here.

The single-axis trackers which will be used on Jindera Solar Farm are considered to be extremely compatible with healthy native pasture and good soil quality. The movement of the solar panels allows ample exposure to sunlight for the ground cover to grow, shelter for the livestock, and an addition water source through condensation improving the quality of pasture particularly during dry periods. This technology is already in operation in at least 15 dual-purpose solar farms across Australia from Lilyvale in Queensland to Numurkah in Victoria. Graziers across these locations have overwhelmingly reported improved pasture quality, live stock health and quality of the produce. 

*assuming an average household consumption of 5,920kWh annually.  

Employment & Supplier Opportunities

The Jindera Solar farm will create up to 200 direct jobs during construction, as well as indirect supply chain opportunities. In addition, it will employ approximately 2-3 full time staff during the operation and maintenance phase (expected to be 30 years).

The employment benefits extend through the local supply chains to fuel supply, vehicle servicing, uniform suppliers, hotels/motels, B&B’s, cafés, pubs, catering and cleaning companies, tradespersons, tool and equipment suppliers and many other businesses.

Local, long-term relationships in our supply chain are important to us.

We are interested in hearing from local companies who can work with us in our supply chain to provide materials, equipment and services during plant construction and also, importantly during operation. 

Opportunities for employment and to join our supply chain will be posted in our News section and advertised widely when the project is entering the construction phase.

If you would like to discuss opportunities to work with the Jindera Solar Farm project click here to get in touch.