Whitsunday Solar Farm

The Whitsunday Solar Farm is a 69.0 MW DC single-axis tracking project located a few kilometres north of Collinsville in North Queensland. The project is supported by both ARENA and the Queensland Government.

The Whitsunday Solar Farm is 94.9% owned by Wirsol and 5.1% by Edify Energy and was financed in a portfolio transaction that included the Hamilton and Gannawarra Solar Farms. It has an approximate capital cost of $100m.

A copy of the Knowledge Sharing Report entitled Securing Project Financing can be downloaded here.

Project information

Installed capacity

69.0 MW DC

Commercial Operations Date

March, 2018


144,000 MWh per annum

Housholds powered


Project updates

Works typeStatus update

Clearing of the roads, fences and site establishment areas have been largely completed. The site lay down area is completed and the site is ready for construction. Access roads are cleared and piling has commenced. Module installation is expected to commence around 1/8/2017 and finish around 20 November 2017.


Environmental Factors

Cyclone Debbie impacted North Queensland in late March 2017 which resulted in very significant rainfall in the Collinsville region. The EPC Contractor issued a Force Majeure notice, however no material impact on the construction program was experienced. All resulting vegetation has been cleared from the site.


Appointment of subcontractors has closed  with all major tenders issued or awarded.


Procurement is well advanced with orders placed for all the major pieces of equipment.


A site office is now established at the solar farm site near Collinsville.

Project gallery

Key stakeholders


Government, CBA in landmark $230m solar deal

Edify Energy and Wirsol complete landmark solar financing

Coal mining town Collinsville vies to become Australia’s solar capital

$700M energy boost for regional Queensland jobs

ARENA: Large scale solar PV

Edify Energy and Wirsol join venture awarded in ARENA large-scale solar program

Employment expressions of interest

For civil roles click here.

For mechanical roles please email Damian Fantozzi at St Hilliers: dfantozzi@sthilliers.com.au.

For electrical roles click here.

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