It’s known that Australia is a popular location for Solar Farm development due to its dry, sunny climate. Announcements in late 2018 by the Australian PV Institute stated that there are over 35,000 MW of Australian Solar Farms in the planning and development pipeline with no signs of the industry slowing down anytime soon.
The industry has come to life over the last few years with with over 10,000 MW of installed Solar PV in Australia.
Our first Solar Farm project was the 56 MW Moree Solar Farm in NSW. The farm was built in 2015 and was the first Solar Farm in Australia to utilise a sun tracking system in order to maximise energy output. The project required a stronger form of foundation system to properly handle the new type of loads.
The project site also happened to feature an extremely deep reactive clay soil (EDP), eliminating the option of standard steel beams and posing large problems for other existing foundation methods.
It was these combined reasons that lead the EPC of the Moree Solar Farm to consult the Blade Pile Group (BPG). BPG is a specialised piling and foundation company that began in 2007 in Queensland, Australia and represents one of the partnered companies that make up Solar PIle International. BPG was contracted to design, manufacture, and supply 32,500 unique piles to support the mechanical tracker systems and handle the highly reactive soil of the Solar Farm site.
The 56 MW Moree Solar Farm in NSW, Australia
Beams delivered to the 175 MW Finley Solar Farm by Solar Pile International
Since Moree, BPG partnered with global procurement company, BCI Engineering, to form Solar Pile International (SPI). SPI is a specialist piling company specifically targeting the Solar Farm industry. The years since Moree were spent researching, developing and testing a range of unique Solar X piles to cost effectively solve the problems posed by some soil types and site conditions in Australia and around the world.
SPI officially launched its services in 2018 with the product range, logistics systems, and operational capacity to support Solar Farm piling needs all around the world.
The first Solar Farm project under this new brand was the 175 MW Finley Solar Farm in NSW, Australia. SPI is manufacturing and supplying over 65,000 piles to the Solar Farm site to support its approximate 500,000 solar modules and is set to deliver the last shipment of piles by April, 2019.
SPI’s current global pipeline features projects ranging from standard steel beams to unique, specialised Solar X piles. No matter what the conditions of your Solar Farm site is, we can provide an answer for your piling needs.
If you would like to read more about how Solar Pile International can help Solar Farm developers, EPC’s and array suppliers, visit our work with us or contact us today.
Written by Solar Pile International.