Bouygues Construction Australia completes Coleambally Solar Farm

Bouygues Construction Australia has just commissioned Coleambally Solar Farm, one of the largest fully operational solar photovoltaic farms in Australia to date, and the largest in New South Wales.

Delivered for Neoen Australia, the 550 hectare site, located north east of Coleambally (400km west of Canberra), has a capacity of 189MWdc (150MWac). This will enable the delivery of close to 400GWh renewable electricity to the national power grid annually. Bouygues Construction Australia has achieved the fastest construction and commissioning program (NTP to full generation) for a solar farm of this scale in Australia.

“The completion of Coleambally Solar Farm marks a milestone for Bouygues Construction. It is now the biggest solar farm the Group has built worldwide in terms of power capacity”, says Seved Robin, CEO of Bouygues Construction Australia. “We are proud to be delivering this high value project that contributes to Australia’s transition to clean energy.”

Coleambally’s 567,828 solar panels rely on single-axis tracking technology, following the sun throughout the day and allowing for yield optimisation. Bouygues Construction Australia substantially self-delivered the facility, completing labour intensive activities such as panel and tracker installation and cable pulling. Additionally, the company will be responsible for the operation and maintenance, going forward.

To date, Bouygues Construction Australia has built or is completing the construction of seven solar farms in Queensland and New South Wales, totalling a capacity of 450MWdc.