Nevertire Solar farm

The 132MW Nevertire Solar Farm
ZEN Energy acknowledges the Wiradjuri people, traditional custodians of the land on which Nevertire Solar Farm stands. We recognise their continuing connection to Country and culture.

The 132MW Nevertire Solar Farm is located near Warren in northwest New South Wales. The Nevertire Solar Farm was initially developed by Epuron and Island Green Power and was purchased in mid-2018 by Elliott Green Power Limited. Elliott Green Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Elliott Investment Management. The farm was constructed in Nevertire for the region’s excellent solar irradiation and proximity to a strong electricity network.

The construction of Nevertire Solar Farm took place during a major drought in NSW, providing a welcome boost to the local Warren community. Using local labour and contractors delivered a considerable economic uplift to the community during a difficult period.

The solar plant began operating in December 2019 and generates approximately 265,000 MWh of renewable electricity annually. Nevertire produces enough electricity to power around 42,000 homes with green energy, making a significant contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

The local community

During construction, a key focus was on hiring from within the local community with specific opportunities related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

The project utilised local quarries, concrete suppliers, contractors, surveyors, geotechnical engineering companies, hire equipment, fuel supplies and on-site amenities. The farm provided work for approx—400 people from the region.

The project was completed with support from the local Orana people.

Numurkah Solar farm

NEOEN has contracted 60% of the farms output to ZEN Energy

“ZEN Energy acknowledges the Yorta Yorta people, traditional custodians of the land on which Numurkah Solar Farm stands. We recognise their continuing connection to country and culture.”

The Numurkah Solar Farm, at 128 MW, is the largest in Victoria. The farm is located 6km south of Numurkah in Northern Victoria, a location with that rare combination of plentiful sunlight and proximity to transmission lines. Neoen owns and operates the solar farm, and Downer provides on-site operations and maintenance services. Downer was also the engineering, procurement and design (EPC) contractor for the solar farm. Construction began in October 2018 and was completed just nine months later in July 2019.

ZEN Energy uses the Numurkah Solar Farm to supply 100% renewable electricity to the CSIRO’s Victorian sites. In an agreement with Neoen and the Victorian Government, Numurkah Solar Farm also helps power the Melbourne Tram Network.

 Victoria’s Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio,
“The Numurkah Solar Farm will play an important role in supporting the transformation of our energy network towards clean, renewable energy and reaching our renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.”