About Chaff Mill Solar Farm

Chaff Mill Solar Farm is located around 130km north of Adelaide, near the town of Mintaro, in the Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council region of South Australia. The site covers approximately 380Ha of agricultural land currently used for livestock grazing and crops.

Peak Power: 100 MWac
Annual Production: 250,000 MWh/Year
CO2 Avoided: 132,500 t/Year
Households Supplied: 60,000 Homes
Surface: 380 Hectares
Operation Date: Late 2021 (expected)
System Type: Solar PV panels on a Single Axis Tracking System

Committed to Shine

  • FRV is the owner and developer of the Chaff Mill Solar Farm project.
  • FRV has engaged WSP Australia to assist during the planning application stage.
  • The project is located around 3.5 km north-east of Mintaro, in South Australia. It is proposed that the solar farm will be connected to the electricity network via a Tee Connection to the existing 132kV transmission line running from the adjacent Mintaro substation, which is owned and managed by AEMO/ElectraNet.

Bright Prospects

  • The final design of the project prior to construction will determine the plant configuration, layout and specific equipment to be used, as well as the solar farm’s electricity generating capacity. At this stage, a capacity of up to 100MWac is envisaged. This is enough clean energy to power over 60,000 homes. While planning approval has not yet been granted, it is envisaged that construction could commence sometime in 2020 and be completed within 12 to 18 months.
  • The plant will have an operating life of around 30 years.

Powering The Future

  • The technology likely to be used is solar PV-Polycrystalline modules with a horizontal, single-axis tracking system. The panels will be up to approximately 3m high above ground level including the mounting structures.
  • Environmental studies will be completed during the design phase to ensure that any potential impacts on native vegetation, birds or animals are minimised.
  • The project will deliver significant benefits to communities within the Clare and Gilbert Valleys district and wider community: 
    - It will create job opportunities during construction and operation. It is estimated that up to around 200 workers will be required to construct the project. During operation up to around 5 jobs will be created.
    - It will bring investment to the area and deliver additional indirect economic opportunities to local businesses including local grocery stores, restaurants, cafés, accommodation providers and petrol stations.
  • It delivers clean, zero emissions electricity to meet the region’s energy needs and helps further the development of the Australian clean energy industry.
  • For more information, click here to download the project factsheet.