Wesley Vale is located on the sunny northern coast of Tasmania, an ideal location for a solar energy project. The Wesley Vale Solar Farm will contribute to diversifying Tasmania's energy mix using proven solar technology.
Wesley Vale solar farm will have a generation capacity of around 12.5 megawatts (a.c.) and occupy an area of around 35 hectares. The solar farm will be located approximately 2.5km north of the town, off Mill Road. The site is ideal as it is flat and clear, with good access to the existing road network and adjacent substation. The land has previously been used for grazing, and as a result the project is expected to have limited negative environmental impacts.
A 22 kilovolt powerline will connect the site to the adjacent Wesley Vale substation located across Mill Road from the site.
The project will use standard, flat solar photovoltaic (PV) modules (commonly used on residential rooftops) attached to either ‘fixed’ or ‘tracking’ mounting frames. Tracking frames adjust through the day to ensure that the modules are always facing the sun, and increase their energy output.
The project is intended to be built in stages, and may include energy storage in the future.