Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2019 – Array Technologies has been commissioned to supply its award-winning DuraTrack HZ v3 as the tracker of choice for the 333 MW Darlington Point Solar Farm, 50 kilometers south of Griffith, New South Wales.
This project, a joint venture between leading Australian renewable energy developer Edify Energy and Octopus Investments, will be one of the largest solar farms in Australia and will provide reliable, clean power to over 115,000 Australian homes annually. The site is expected to begin commercial operations in early 2020.
“We are proud to support Australia’s ambitious effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels as well as partner with Edify Energy and Signal Energy on completing one of the largest solar power plants in the country,” says Jeff Krantz, executive vice president of global sales of Array Technologies. “Massive projects, such as this one, require the lowest levelized cost of energy from their tracking technology in order to stack up economically and we are pleased to offer the best solution.”
In addition to the latest landmark project, Array has established itself in Australia as the preferred solar tracker company with 55% market share reported in 2018 by Wood-Mackenize’s Greentech Media. The global tracker firm has supplied over 1.5 GW of technology to Australian solar farms to date.
“We have chosen Array Technologies to supply solar trackers to the Darlington Point Solar Farm because Array delivers an innovative, robust tracking solution that through engineered simplicity, reduces long-term maintenance to deliver the lowest levelized cost of energy for our projects,” said John Cole, chief executive of Edify Energy.
Constructing the project over the next year is Signal Energy Australia. “We are pleased to work with Array Technologies,” said Robbin Russell, general manager of Signal Energy. “Array has been the tracking system partner on more than one gigawatt of solar projects built by Signal Energy over the past ten years.”
A pioneer in the solar industry, Array boasts over 25 GW years of energy production and over 10 GW of solar trackers shipped globally.
The Darlington Point Solar Farm is an exciting project for Array’s portfolio and a testament to the maturity of the Australian solar market. Global demand for solar trackers continues to grow rapidly in locations with higher irradiance where solar tracking can deliver 20-25% increased power production.
Array’s technology is proven to be a cost-effective solution to maximize solar project returns.