Contractor appointed to Mobilong Solar Farm

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Terregra Renewables has appointed Balance Utility Solutions as the EPC contractor for the 5MW Mobilong Solar Farm.

The Mobilong Solar Farm is located north of Murray Bridge in South Australia and is the first solar project developed by Terregra Renewables.

With all the permits now received and the project being shovel-ready, Balance Utility Solutions will immediately start work on the design and construction of the solar farm.

Director of Terregra Renewables Graham Pearson said the company was drawn to Balance Utility Solutions by their innovative and flexible approach to the design and construction process.

“They have supported us almost from the start of the development process under a unique early contractor involvement arrangement and were pivotal in helping to refine the project,” he said.

“We have valued their input along the way and look forward to partnering with them during the construction phase.”

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The 5MW project will include about 16,100 PV modules and two containerised inverters. Approximately 40 jobs will be created during construction, with work expected to be completed in April or May 2019.

Most recently, Balance Utility Solutions has completed the first ground-mounted solar farm for the Department of Defence and is currently building a number of projects including hybrid power systems in the mid-west of WA, an island in the Whitsunday’s and for a coconut processing facility in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Managing director of Balance Utility Solutions Rod Hayes said Balance is delighted to be working with Terregra Renewables on the delivery of their first solar project in Australia.

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“The close working relationship we have created through project development and now into delivery has ensured a focus on performance and delivery, reducing the risks for the developer and for Balance as the EPC,” he said.

“We expect this approach of close developer and EPC early collaboration, and a focus on portfolios of smaller scale projects, to be a growing trend through the next few years as the utility scale solar market continues to mature.

“Terregra Renewables has been a pleasure to work with under very tight timeframes.”

The Mobilong Solar Farm has been developed by Terregra Renewables, a subsidiary of the listed Indonesian company PT Terregra Asia Energy Tbk. Terregra Renewables are also actively developing other solar projects in Australia, while in Indonesia the company will develop, build and operate more than 500MW over the next five years.