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Katherine Solar Farm Australia

The Katherine Effect

The amount of renewable energy (in MWhrs) annually

Tonnes CO2 emissions avoided
Avg. domestic households served each year
Approx. hectares of land protected by the solar park


Katherine Solar Farm is the first and largest solar and storage project in the Northern Territory, Australia, located approximately 5km north west from Katherine. The solar farm is connected via the 22kV distribution network to the Katherine 132/22kV Zone Substation via a double circuit overhead line. 99,180 340W photovoltaic (PV) modules are installed, creating a DC capacity of 33.7MWp. The solar farm’s export limit to the Katherine network is 25MW AC.

Katherine in build

Project Summary

Katherine Solar Farm utilises highly accurate forecasting to predict the plant’s variation in output due to changes in irradiance in order to control the PV inverter export and engage/disengage the BESS to provide clean
electricity while maintaining system security. The solar farm has a variety of weather sensors installed throughout the park to accurately capture weather conditions to ensure the plant’s export is maximised without impacting
grid stability.

Katherine Solar Sun Shower 1

Technical Solution

DC Capacity: 33.7MWp

AC Capacity: 25MW

Land Area: 73 Ha

No. Panels: 99,180

Panel Type: 340W Monofacial

No. of Inverters: 9

Tracker System: Single-Axis Tracking (SAT)

BESS AC Power: 5.68MW

BESS Capacity: 3.44MWh

Battery Type: Lithium Ion

Nitmiluk National Park

Community & Culture

BSR actively commits to engaging with each local community it works within. Landowners, neighbours, community groups, environmental groups and local businesses are consulted with to ensure the Katherine Solar Farm is a valued project that operates responsibly and sustainably.

The Katherine Solar Farm has created local job opportunities and developed industry skills that support small business and the regional economy. BSR supports local businesses and suppliers wherever possible.

The cultural heritage of the Katherine Region is of utmost importance and has continued to be a respected priority in minimising environmental impacts from construction through to operations. This clean energy development with no air emissions, no waste, minimal carbon footprint and water use is on the doorstep to the spectacular Nitmiluk National Park.