Perry Bridge - Solar Farm Project
Project at a glance
The Perry Bridge project is a proposed solar farm of approximately 44 MW with battery storage, to be located on 232 acres of low agricultural value farmland adjacent to the north western corner of the Stratford-Bengworden Road and Bengworden Road Junction, Perry Bridge (within Wellington Shire).
The Perry Bridge project has submitted a planning permit application to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), which is currently under assessment. A determination on the Planning Permit is anticipated to be achieved in the first half of 2021. The Perry Bridge Solar Farm will provide utility-scale, renewable electricity generation to support Victoria's energy transition, as well as local jobs and investment.
In summary the project will involve:
- Nominally a 44 MW AC solar farm;
- a 33/66kV electrical substation, and;
- an operations and maintenance building (O&M Building).
The solar farm will convert energy from solar irradiation into electrical energy, which will then be fed into the electricity grid, via the local AusNet 66kV network. Photovoltaic modules will be mounted onto a horizontal single-axis tracking system that follows the path of the sun. Using inverters and step-up transformers, the Power Conditioning Units (PCU) will convert the DC electrical energy into AC electrical energy at an optimized reticulation voltage, expected to be 33 kV.
For more information regarding the project details, including the planning application can be found on the project website.
The Perry Bridge Solar Farm is currently in the Planning Approvals phase. A planning application was submitted through to DELWP on 15 September 2020 of which a determination on the planning permit is expected in H1, 2021. A copy of the project planning application and relevant planning studies can be found at the link above. Subject to planning approvals and meeting feasibility requirements, the project team will commence early engagement of the construction procurement phase.
The Perry Bridge Solar Farms provides for a unique regional opportunity to generate new jobs and skills development, across a number of contract opportunities through the constructions and long-term operation phases of the project. It is expected that the Perry Bridge Solar Farm will deliver a positive social and economic contribution to the local Gippsland, and regional economy.
It is planned for the project construction to be delivered via a lead EPC contractor model, being the main contract with the project proponent, Perry Bridge Solar Farm Pty Ltd. It is anticipated that the project will generate significant downstream opportunities through the successful contractor. Local companies with relevant skills, services, products and capabilities in the broader supply chain are encouraged to register their interest.
Typical components expected to feature on the project delivery include:
- a lead Principal EPC Contractor
- civil and electrical contract packages
- photovoltaic solar modules (approximately 224,000 modules) supply
- single-axis tracking module framing system, mounted on steel piles or footings
- containerized Power Conversion Units (PCUs)
- a substation containing transformers, associated switchgear and control and protection equipment
- operations and maintenance buildings with associated car parking
- site access route
- above ground and underground cabling
- internal access tracks
- security system and security fencing
- landscaping, plantings, to provide visual screening
- meteorological station(s); and
- works associated with High Voltage 66kV connection into the existing AusNet network
- waste disposal
- biosecurity and weed control
- health, safety and environment services
- general labour and equipment hire
- geotechnical, engineering and other professional services
- Traditional Owner services
- long term O&M services
Express your interest
The Perry Bridge Solar Farm is committed to supporting the Gippsland community in fostering the ongoing development of local skills, capacity and industry opportunities. Local businesses, including Aboriginal businesses are encouraged to register their interest in the project.
Your registration of interest, may be used to:
- Provide to companies who bid for and/or win main contracts,
- Further develop the understanding of the local skills and capability network,
- Provide further project updates and opportunities as the project progresses,
- Inform tender processes, of your registered interest to supply services, material or equipment to the project.
For the avoidance of doubt, this registration of interest does not represent a procurement process, rather it supports the general collection of industry interest to engage with the project and enable access to project opportunities, which may in turn support, or become a part of future procurement processes.
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