Canadian Solar appoints Entura as Owner’s Engineer for two solar farms in Queensland.

Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has been appointed by Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar companies, as Owner’s Engineer for two solar farms in Queensland.

The two solar power projects, located in Longreach and Oakey, Queensland, are 17 MWdc and 30 MWdc each in size. Both projects have been awarded funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). With the 20-year Queensland government-backed Contract for Difference in place, both of the projects are expected to start construction in May 2017 and reach Commercial Operations Date in the first quarter of 2018.

As Owner’s Engineer, Entura will review designs, documentation, calculations and reports produced by the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to ensure they are fit for purpose and in accordance with Australian standards and regulations.

“We’re pleased to partner with Entura on the Oakey and Longreach solar farms,” said Daniel Ruoss, General Manager at Canadian Solar. “Working with Entura and leveraging on our strong local and global project development and execution capabilities, and with the support from Local and Federal Government, we will continue to expand and execute our quality solar project pipeline in Australia, thereby making a significant contribution to the adoption of clean solar energy in the country.”

Commenting on the appointment, Entura Managing Director Tammy Chu said: “We’re pleased to partner with Canadian Solar on these exciting projects that will contribute to the introduction of more renewable energy to the Australian National Electricity Market.”

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

Partnering with clients in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region, the firm has built a strong understanding of solar layout design optimisation, detailed electrical design, power system studies and grid connection issues, storage and the integration of hybrid renewable energy projects.

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