Canadian Solar appoints Entura as Owner’s Engineer for two solar farms in Queensland

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Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has been appointed by Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar companies, as Owner’s Engineer for two solar farms in Queensland.

The two solar power projects, located in Longreach and Oakey, Queensland, are 17 MWdc and 30 MWdc each in size. Both projects have been awarded funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). With the 20-year Queensland government-backed Contract for Difference in place, both of the projects are expected to start construction in May 2017 and reach Commercial Operations Date in the first quarter of 2018.

As Owner’s Engineer, Entura will review designs, documentation, calculations and reports produced by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to ensure they are fit for purpose and in accordance with Australian standards and regulations.

“We’re pleased to partner with Entura on the Oakey and Longreach solar farms,” said Daniel Ruoss, General Manager at Canadian Solar. “Working with Entura and leveraging on our strong local and global project development and execution capabilities, and with the support from Local and Federal Government, we will continue to expand and execute our quality solar project pipeline in Australia, thereby making a significant contribution to the adoption of clean solar energy in the country.”

Commenting on the appointment, Entura Managing Director Tammy Chu said: “We’re pleased to partner with Canadian Solar on these exciting projects that will contribute to the introduction of more renewable energy to the Australian National Electricity Market.”

Entura has significant renewable energy development experience from pre-feasibility right through to commissioning, optimising operations and asset management of remote area off-grid power systems and utility-scale solar farms.

Partnering with clients in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region, the firm has built a strong understanding of solar layout design optimisation, detailed electrical design, power system studies and grid connection issues, storage and the integration of hybrid renewable energy projects.

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About Entura

Entura is one of the world’s most experienced specialist power and water consulting firms. As part of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest renewable energy producer and water manager, we are backed by more than 100 years of creating energy and maintaining power and water assets.

Contributing to the development, operation and maintenance of water and renewable power schemes over their entire lifecycle has given us first-hand insights and a deep understanding of the real-life pressures of owning and operating assets, as has our experience in working closely with other asset owners to manage theirs.

Our strength comes from an ability to partner with clients to deliver practical and commercially sound solutions across the whole lifecycle of power and water assets, helping them to manage risks and achieve valuable outcomes.

From strategy, planning, design and construction through to operation, maintenance, risk management and training, our full range of consulting services covers every aspect of major power and water projects.

We support governments, funding agencies and corporate clients across the Asia-Pacific region and Africa from offices in Australia, India and South Africa.

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