Australian farmers are seeing solar farms as a solid investment. By turning their properties into solar farms, they can expect to get back their initial investment within 6-8 years.

The most popular method of harvesting sunlight in order to create energy is solar farms, sometimes described as utility-scale solar.
  • Quickly becoming a preferred investment for companies in Australia, solar farms are large scale applications of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, providing a source of safe renewable energy lasting for many years after construction and are more reliable than just about any other capital investment in renewable energy.
  • A solar farm is normally a large decentralised solar array that supplies electricity to the electricity grid, and most of the world’s largest solar farms are ground-mounted PV systems that are huge enough to supply power for plenty of households.
  • Utility-scale solar farms will usually have at least 1 megawatt that is capable of supplying power to around 200 households.
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Consumer’s Guide

Important Stages of a Utility-Scale Solar Farm Project

A typical utility-scale solar project involves several stages, ranging from site identification and feasibility assessment to planning approval, technical design and construction.

GRES follows every stage necessary to ensure that every project we handle will meet the specifications of the solar industry. Here are a few details about some of the most important stages in a large solar project:

Site Identification

During site identification, we look for sites that have suitable topography and high radiation. But the most important part of site identification is to look for a location that is in proximity to the power grid, or where grid connection is a possibility.

Planning Approval

This stage is essential for the smooth progress of a renewable energy project as it helps remove any potential pitfalls right from the very start.

Planning approval includes identifying the history of previous projects, the local power utility’s requirements, council objectives, permits, and other primary issues that affect the social acceptance of your solar project.

Technical Design

When it comes to the design of a solar project, we consider all aspects so that the design will meet safety standards and energy requirements, as well as minimise failures, lost production, and maintenance needs.

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

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