The Benalla Solar Farm is a proposed 5MW AC project in northern Victoria that is now under development. It will have a rated DC power of 7.3 MW DC and will utilise two Sunny Central MV Power Stations (these are combined inverters and transformers) each of 2,499 kVA capacity. It will use the innovative Belectric PEG system for the mounting substructure. This is a fixed-tilt ground-mounted system, with panels facing east and west at an 8-degree tilt from horizontal. It is very low profile and hence it is excellent for smaller utility-scale projects located in semi-urban environments, like the Benalla Solar Farm, because of its very low visual impact.
Environmental Benefit Analysis
The Benalla Solar farm will generate 10,958 MWh of renewable energy per annum, in the first year of operation, and this will result in avoided greenhouse gas emissions of 11,271 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum.