The town of Katherine is an excellent location to site a solar farm. The area’s solar resource is superior and avoids the cyclone-prone coast to the north. Katherine is located at the southern end of the Darwin-Katherine Interconnected System, the electricity network serving the majority of the Northern Territory population.
Developed in partnership with UK firm Island Green Power, the 25 Megawatt (a.c.) Katherine Solar Farm has secured its Development Permit.
Katherine Solar has now entered into a power purchase agreement with NT Government electricity retailer Jacana Energy and the project is targeted for construction starting in late 2018.
Katherine Solar Farm will comprise over 70 hectares of solar panels mounted on single axis tracking technology to increase yield. A short low voltage feeder will connect the project to the existing Katherine substation, adjacent to the Katherine Power Station.
The project will have a capacity of 25 megawatts a.c and is predicted to produce around 70 GWh/pa.
The site is to be located a few kilometers north west of the town of Katherine on cleared, privately-owned land.