Our Albury / Wodonga Surveying team worked in collaboration with PHL Surveyors to deliver construction set out services to the Darlington Point Solar Farm project for Edify Energy. Spiire was commissioned to install 110,000 pins which accurately mark the pile locations for Photovoltaic (PV) solar panel frames across the entire 975 Ha site.
We developed a proprietary installation system which allowed us to install pins at the rate of 500 per day to an accuracy of +/- 15mm. Survey and construction work was conducted in parallel, so our objective was to remain in advance of multiple piling rigs that were operating at the site.
The project team was consistently challenged by latent site conditions which included sinkholes in the topography. Work areas were changed on a regular basis in response to changing site conditions and other contractor requirements. However, with flexible programming, the daily targets for pins placed was always met.
The Darlington Point Solar Farm will be located approximately 10 km south of the Darlington Point town centre, on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in Regional NSW. When complete, this sustainable facility will diversify the region’s energy mix and will consist of PV solar panels, inverter stations, a switch room and a battery yard with a 100MWh battery energy storage system. Upon completion it is expected to be capable of generating 333MW (DC) or 275MW (AC) and will be the largest single solar power station in Australia.
NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin welcomed the news of the Darlington Point Project. “We are heading to a cleaner energy future and this project represents yet another significant increase in our energy capacity while contributing to lower emissions” he said. Spiire was delighted to play a key role in this exciting and sustainable project.
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