Ballina 300kW Solar PV Generation Project

Commercial solar case study

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Harelec Services was awarded a 300kW solar project at the Ballina Wastewater Treatment plant in September 2014, after a comprehensive tender process, managed by the Ballina Shire Council. The tender process included site visits, preliminary design, communication with the Network Service Provider, and communication with Council staff.

Assessment of tender submissions included a detailed assessment of our proposed products, installation methodologies, personnel, experience, management systems, and resources.

A contract was signed to Engineer, Procure and construct the 300kW ground mounted solar PV system at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The Develop, Design and Approve phase of the project commenced immediately following the signing of contract. This phase involved our Engineer, Draftsman, and Solar Designer working together to finalise site layout for the approval of Council. This involved not only communications with the Council Project Manager and Contract Coordinator, but also the Operations Manager of the site itself. Detailed analysis was given to the location of existing underground services (including high voltage), the location of old concrete water tanks that had previously been buried, and access pathways for the movement of plant and machinery throughout the site. Harelec engaged a surveyor, and underground cable location specialist to assist with this stage, and precise “for construction” plans were prepared and to ensure no services were damaged or interfered with during the construction phase and future access to the services was not impeded.

The preparation and submission of single line diagram and connection application for the sites (to the Network Service Provider), Work Health & Safety Management Plan, Environmental Management Plan, Quality Management Plan & Risk Assessment, as well as a Project Timeline and Milestones Plan were completed.

The Construction Phase of the project commenced on 29th September 2014. All arrays and inverters were installed, tested and commissioned by the 4th December 2014, with some minor additional works completed in the following weeks. Practical completion was achieved by December 18th 2014.

The project was completed in its entirety by Harelec services project team, with only minor works sub-contracted, including surveying and service to conform.

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