Robertstown Solar Farm's

There are 2 Solar Farms being built in the Robertstown area.

Robertstown Solar Farm's Details

Robertstown Solar

About the Project:


Robertstown Solar 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 ElectraNet’s Robertstown Substation in South Australia.


Robertstown Solar 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.


Robertstown 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 Project’s 30 year life.



 Robertstown Solar is to be developed on approximately 1800 hectares of cleared land in the suburbs of Bright and Geranium Plains, South Australia.


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.


Battery storage is part of Robertstown Solar and will provide additional power system security for the South Australian grid.


Development and design of Robertstown Solar:


Send keyboard 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.


Tracking solar panel systems follow the sun’s 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.


Development process:


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 – 25/02/2019. It can be viewed on the SCAP website at:


The Project Connection Application through ElectraNet, for connection to the South Australian electricity grid, is running concurrent with the Development Application.

Social and Environmental


Robertstown Solar’s direct and indirect positive socio-economic impacts include:

·        Engaging South Australian consultants to undertake the studies/investigations required for the Development Application phase and solar design including geotechnical, cultural heritage, ecological and topographical studies/investigations. 

·        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 the region.

·        The Project will also directly contribute to the local community through a Community Fund.

Community Engagement:


Robertstown Solar 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. 


The first 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

Solar River Project

The Solar River Project Stage 1 is a Crown Development Approved Project.


The project includes a broad-acre solar photo-voltaic PV array with single axis tracking and Large Battery. 


The development includes a 200 megawatt MW PV array and 100 MW Mega Watt Battery generating enough power for 96,000 homes. The array is 3200 x 1800 metres with a transmission line connection to the national grid near Robertstown South Australia.


Construction is on schedule to commence in 2019.


Solar River Project Stage 2 an additional 200MW with large Battery will commence construction in Q4 2020.


Our goal is to construct a world class solar facility producing affordable electricity for South Australian’s. The project will integrate broad-acre PV, heritage, environment, native flora, fauna and pastoral farming practices.


1.     Cheap Electricity     

2.     Jobs

3.     Clean Air


Item Date:
Crown Sponsorship  December 2017
Energy Retailer Power Purchase Agreement 

December 2017

 The Heritage Agreement Signed January 2018
Ngadjuri Aboriginal Nation Smoking Ceremony February 2018
The Principle Contractor Appointed    May 2018
Crown Development Approved  June 2018
 The Land June 2018

ElectraNet Transmission Connection Agreement, Final Agreement

Quarter 4 2018
The Community Fund Agreed   July 2018
Project Construction Start Date Quarter 4 2019
 First Generation    Quarter 1 2021


·      Cheap Electricity - This facility will produce cheap electricity for South Australians.


·      Jobs - 350 regional jobs during the 2-year construction period and 45 full time permanent jobs for the 25-year life of the facility. This includes apprenticeships, trainee-ships, Engineering and Management roles.


·      Economy - A boost to the local economy, engineering, materials, parts manufacturing, freight and logistics, equipment hire, food retailers and local accommodation. All winners.


·      Roads - Upgrades to local roads to improve road safety during and post construction.


·      Sports – Solar River will support local sporting teams with sponsorship and facilities upgrades.


·      Environment – The environmental programs including the purchase of land for on ground off sets, land management and renewable energy infrastructure working together studies and practical implementation of management practices for the protection of flora and fauna whilst maximising farm production.


·       Growth - Local and International investment delivering a world class facility with affordable cutting-edge technology.


·      Clean Air - fossil fuel burnt for electricity production is very old polluting technology contributing 29% of all air pollution globally. No one likes breathing polluted air.


·      Stage 1 will eliminate 8,750,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide CO2 air pollution.


·       Technology - Cutting edge technology and construction methods elevating South Australia as a national and global leader in large scale base load solar electricity production.


·      Community Impact - The array is remotely located to minimise visual impact to the community. The array makes no noise and produces no air pollution.


·      Base-load Power - The project has a large battery which produces economical base-load power. This means you can use the suns energy even at night.


·      Construction Vehicle Traffic – Construction traffic will avoid residential locations. Local roads utilised during construction will be upgraded and maintained.


·      The project is located 30 km from Robertstown, north of the Goyder Highway in Outback South Australia.


·      To deliver cheap energy to South Australians a Transmission Line connecting the array to the national grid has been designed minimising visual impact with low profile structures. The line is a low profile 275,000-volt line with pole construction designed similar to other lines in the area. The low-profile design minimises visual impact whilst avoiding vegetation.


·                           Address:

The Solar River Project Pty Ltd

ThincLab Suite: G33

The University of Adelaide Building 

10 Pulteney Street

Adelaide South Australia 5000

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