The Finley Solar Farm is a utility scale renewable energy project with an output measuring up to 170 megawatts (MW) that will generate clean and renewable electricity from the power of the sun.
The $170 million dollar project is located 6km west of the township of Finley and 140km west of Albury. The site is currently used for agricultural purposes, mainly grazing and cropping activities. The project site was chosen as it has proximity to the TransGrid network, access from the Riverina Highway and relatively flat land.
The solar farm will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares (741 acres) and comprise approximately 500,000 solar photovoltaic modules, known more commonly as ‘solar panels’. The solar panels are identical in type but larger in size to those used in residential solar installations installed on homes throughout Australia.
The solar panels will be installed on ground-mounted frames that will slowly track the daily horizontal movement of the sun. The solar panels will generate direct current (‘DC’) electricity that will be inverted to alternating current (‘AC’) via containerised power conversion units. The power conversion units located within the site will feed AC electricity into an onsite power reticulation system before the power is centrally collected and dispatched to the local electricity distribution network via the TransGrid transmission network.