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Singleton Solar Farm:  Big Solar no one wanted, set to be switched back on

Singleton Solar Farm: Big Solar no one wanted, set to be switched back on

Sophie vorrath 3 December, 2014

One of Australia’s largest solar arrays is set to be switched back on, more than 15 years after it was built by the NSW government.

The 407kW Singleton Solar Farm in NSW’s Hunter Valley was sold by power distributor Ausgrid in June this year to family-owned company XYZ Solar.

It was originally constructed in 1998/99 as part of the 2000 Olympics, along with the 70kW Sydney Superdome array, which was also sold to XYZ Solar.

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Take charge of energy: expert

Take charge of energy: expert

By John Van Klaveren Geelong Indy 17 July 2014

A RENEWABLE energy entrepreneur believes Geelong can take charge of its power future and replace lost manufacturing jobs into the bargain.
Andrew Thaler said the region needed to take responsibility for its renewable energy sector instead of waiting for government rebates or subsidies.

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The Singleton Solar farm is 407kW Solar Farm, built in 1999.  Solar PhotoVoltaic Array located on a six acre open area, former farmland site approsimately 2 km south of Singleton, NSW.  Singleton Solar is part of the XYZ Solar Pty Ltd Company.

What is a Solar Farm

A photovoltaic power station, also known as a solar park, is a large-scale photovoltaic system (PV system) designed for the supply of merchant power into the electricity grid. They are differentiated from most building-mounted and other decentralised solar power applications because they supply power at the utility level, rather than to a local user or users. They are sometimes also referred to as solar farms or solar ranches, especially when sited in agricultural areas. The generic expression utility-scale solar is sometimes used to describe this type of project.

The solar power source is via photovoltaic modules that convert light directly to electricity. However, this differs from, and should not be confused with concentrated solar power, the other large-scale solar generation technology, which uses heat to drive a variety of conventional generator systems. Both approaches have their own advantages and disadvantages, but to date, for a variety of reasons, photovoltaic technology has seen much wider use in the field. As of 2013, PV systems outnumber concentrators by about 40 to 1.