Powerlink was engaged by Ross River Operations Pty Ltd to connect the Ross River Solar Farm to the high voltage electricity transmission network. The new 125MW solar farm is 1.2km south of Powerlink's existing Ross Substation. Renewable energy generated at the solar farm will be transported into the shared electricity network.
The project involved building a new bay at Ross Substation, connecting a new transformer in the solar farm yard and installing 1.2km of 132kV underground transmission line cable to link the two sites. Underground cable was used due to access constraints from the overhead transmission line and associated technical complexities. This was the safest and most cost-effective solution for the project.
Powerlink works to connect the solar farm to the transmission network were completed in late 2018.