is a proposed 500 MW (AC) utility scale solar photovoltaic and
battery storage plant to integrate into the National Electricity
Market through a 275 kV connection to ElectraNetís Robertstown
Substation in South Australia.
will meet approximately 1% of the Federal Government objective
to achieve an additional 33 GW of electricity from renewable
sources by 2020 under the Renewable Energy Target.
Solar will have a minor and temporal physical disturbance
footprint. Co-agricultural opportunities such as sheep grazing
and apiculture will be assessed for co-existence and the land
can be returned to its original condition, with infrastructure
removed at the end of the Projectís 30 year life.
Solar is to be developed on approximately 1800 hectares of
cleared land in the suburbs of Bright and Geranium Plains, South
The Project Area
is situated approximately 5 kilometres north-east of Robertstown
and 130 kilometres north-east of Adelaide. The Project is within
the Local Government Area of the Regional Council of Goyder.
Energy from the Sun:
The DC electricity that is created by sun (1) through the Photo
Voltaic (PV) cells is fed through cables (2) to a series of
invertors (3) where the electricity is converted to AC and
increased in voltage (4)
The invertors are
connected through underground cables to a switching yard and by
transmission lines to the Robertstown Substation for connection
to the South Australian electrical grid.
is part of Robertstown Solar and will provide additional power
system security for the South Australian grid.
Development and design of Robertstown Solar:
focus to mediagy from the sunlight via PV cells most likely to
be mounted on sun tracking systems such as or similar to
SunPower's Oasis 3 Power Plant.
Drone surveys of
the site provide detailed site information that is used to
design the Project.
panel systems follow the sunís movement throughout the day for
maximum collection. At the end of the day the panels track back
to the east ready for the next operation.
The Project has
received Crown Sponsorship for Robertstown Solar. The
Robertstown Solar Development Application has been submitted to
the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP).
The project is on
public exhibition from 23/01/2019 Ė 25/02/2019. It can be viewed
on the SCAP website at:
Connection Application through ElectraNet, for connection to the
South Australian electricity grid, is running concurrent with
the Development Application.
Social and Environmental
Robertstown Solarís direct and indirect positive socio-economic
Australian consultants to undertake the studies/investigations
required for the Development Application phase and solar design
including geotechnical, cultural heritage, ecological and
The construction phase
will generate approximately 275 full time equivalent jobs.
During construction the
Engineering Procurement and Construction Contractor will include
a component from the local and regional workforce.
The operation phase will
generate approximately 15 full time equivalent jobs.
The goods and services
required during the construction and operation phase will
generate indirect employment and economic multiplier effects for
Project will also directly contribute to the local community
through a Community Fund.
is committed to a genuine and early community and stakeholder
engagement process. As part of this process, Robertstown Solar
is seeking a cooperative approach with the local community, key
stakeholders and the Council to inform them about the project
and to identify opportunities for local engagement and
employment during construction and operation.
Community Information Sessions were held on 29th May 2018, 30th
May 2018 and 14th February 2019 at the Robertstown Peace
Institute Hall, Robertstown, South Australia. Robertstown Solar
wishes to extend a sincere thank you to all who attended the
community Information Sessions. The feedback received over the
course of the sessions is invaluable to the project.
Phone: 0484 595 129