The City of Newcastle, NSW, has awarded the contract to design and construct a $7 million, 5MW solar project to a joint venture.

Carnegie Clean Energy’s subsidiary  Energy Made Clean and its Joint Venture partner Lendlease, have been awarded the contract for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the project.

The solar farm will be located on a capped, former landfill site at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre in Newcastle as part of the Council’s plan to cut its emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.

Carnegie’s Managing Director, Dr Michael Ottaviano, said, “We are delighted to have won our first utility-scale solar farm project in NSW and our first to be connected in the National Electricity Market.”

The solar farm will be installed as a ground mounted fixed tilt system and utilising an optimised piling system to suit the site topology and allow simple future addition of a Battery Energy Storage System.

Design will begin immediately with commissioning expected end of the the third quarter of 2018.

Elisa is an experienced industry journalist and is a regular contributor to a range of energy and infrastructure titles. She has a unique knack for quickly finding the angle in any story her audience is most interested in learning more about.

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