Discover our upstream and downstream technical journals
109MW Sebastopol was waved through by NSW's planning authorities in February 2019 (Credit: Ib Vogt)

109MW Sebastopol was waved through by NSW's planning authorities in February 2019 (Credit: Ib Vogt)

German EPC Ib vogt has started construction on a utility-scale project in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW).

Berlin-headquartered Ib vogt has commenced early EPC design works for its 109MW Sebastopol solar project, planned some 350 kilometres southwest of state capital Sydney.

The firm, which has now executed a grid connection agreement for the project, intends to link it to Australia’s grid via an already up-and-running 132kV power line.

The EPC kick-off emerges six months after Sebastopol was given the all-clear by NSW’s Minister for Planning, marking the first such approval for Ib Vogt in the Australian state.

At the time, the German firm explained the solar park would include a 100MWh battery storage system at the site, located 17 kilometres to the south of the town of Temora.

According to the project’s dedicated website, Sebastopol will feature single-axis tracker PV panels mounted on steel frames, to ensure sheep can continue to graze undisturbed at the location.

The utility-scale scheme is the latest to mark progress in NSW, a solar hotspot where industry issues became a key electoral talking point ahead of state polls held in March.

Over the past two months alone, the state has witnessed the proposal of a 700MW/100MW solar-plus-storage project, the signing of a Kellogg’s-backed PPA for a 110.9MW PV scheme and the near completion of a 255MW university-powering project.

For Ib Vogt, the Australian moves come as the firm notches up progress nearer its European home base, including the planning nod for the Netherlands’ self-styled largest PV project to date.

See here for more information on Ib Vogt's Sebastopol project

Tags: ib vogt, australia, new south wales, nsw, solar, solar pv, solar-plus-storage, pv power plants, epc, design works, epc design

Solar Media Events

PV ModuleTech

Mar 10 - Mar 12, 2021

Penang, Malaysia (also available virtually)

Understand fully the technical and logistical supply chains that determine the production and performance of solar modules, including all related factors impacting quality, reliability & bankability. This event will be run as a live event in Penang for delegates able to attend and will also welcome virtual delegates via streamed content and online networking.

Find out more

Solar Media Events

Solar & Storage Finance USA Virtual Summit

Nov 17 - Nov 19, 2020

Virtual Event

Solar & Storage Finance USA Virtual Summit, the only event that connects developers to capital and capital to solar and storage projects, will be back in November 2020 for its 7th edition!

Find out more