The Sandigo Solar Farm is a utility scale renewable energy project with an output measuring up to 300 megawatts (MW) that will generate clean and renewable electricity from the power of the sun.
The $240-million-dollar project is located over 25km southeast of the township of Narrandera and 85km west of Wagga Wagga. The site is currently used for agricultural purposes, mainly cropping activities. The project site was chosen as it has proximity to the TransGrid network, access from the Sturt Highway and relatively flat land.
The solar farm will cover an area of approximately up to 600 hectares (1482 acres) and comprise approximately 900,000 solar photovoltaic modules, known more commonly as ‘PV Modules’ or ‘solar panels’. The solar panels are identical in type but larger in size to those used in residential solar installations located 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.