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Australian Defence Station Solar Farm

In 2014, the Department of Defence Australia released its revised Estate Energy and Water Policies and Strategies. The aim being to drive efficiency in resource management to maintain capability, reduce costs, and increase resource security.

Location: Geraldton Western Australia (424km North
                East of Perth)

Project: Solar Farm (ground mounted)

Solution: 1.5MW of solar farm power

Commissioned: April 2019

BPE was awarded the EPC contract in April 2018 and the project was commissioned in April 2019. The project highlights BPE’s capability to independently successfully deliver high value solar farms and is key for initiating further project with the Department of Defence  BPE's role was to provide a fixed price, turnkey provision of the 1.56MWp solar array up to the point of attachment to the new 33kV site main switchboard (being supplied and installed by others).

We also have to integrate the PV system with Defence’s existing ADSCS SCADA system and provide two years operation and maintenance of the PV system. BPE will provide a one year defects liability and two-year performance guarantee.



  • Reduced site costs as a result of reducing consumption of grid imported power

  • Generated renewable energy for supply and use by the Site

  • Achieved objectives in alignment with the Defence Estate Energy Policy

  • Created energy security options in the future

  • Built Defence expertise and experience with the procurement and installation of large-scale renewable projects to enable Defence to replicate elsewhere in the Estate

  • Leveraged the Project to create a positive public image and good reputation within the local community and wider population

  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with the supply of electricity to the Defence Estate.

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