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Case study

NSW solar farms tap into bifacial panels

Boosting solar capacity 
from the ground up
 

Two solar farms in regional NSW will feature bifacial solar panels that can significantly increase generation capacity by creating energy from solar irradiation reflected off the ground to the underside of the panels.  

980,000

bifacial solar panels

390,000

tonnes carbon abatement

$72m

CEFC debt finance

These new solar farms will showcase the performance of innovative first generation bifacial panels. Innovative developments like this have underpinned the rapid growth of solar energy in Australia, allowing us to capture even greater benefits from our world leading solar capacity.
Monique Miller
Executive Director, CEFC

Our investment

The CEFC has committed $72 million in debt finance to Canadian Solar’s 260 MW (AC) portfolio as part of a syndicate of lenders. The finance delivers major new investment into NSW renewable energy and showcases the next wave of innovation in solar technology.

our impact

The new 110 MW (AC)/ 154 MW (DC) Gunnedah Solar Farm and the 176 MW (AC)/ 150 MW (DC) Suntop Solar Farm west of Wellington will use almost 980,000 bifacial solar panels.  

Bifacial solar panels can increase generation capacity significantly for the same project size compared with traditional single-sided panels, reducing the levelised cost of energy for utility solar.  

Together they are expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 100,000 homes a year, while abating more than 390,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in their first year of operations.  

Suntop Solar Farm is located in the proposed Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ), a priority under the NSW Government Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.

Last updated 30 September 2020. New South Wales, Solar, Renewable energy