Airfield Solar Farm

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Melbourne Airport’s electricity demand is forecast to grow significantly over the next five years driven by terminal and airfield development.

This growth is set to occur within a context of evolving environmental and carbon regulation, increasing energy prices and a changing climate.

Historically, growth of such magnitude has required increased consumption of fossil fuel resources from natural gas and coal fired power stations.

This increased consumption has both local and global risk implications for the airport’s environment and heritage. Recognising these risks, Melbourne Airport is taking action by investing in renewable energy including plans to construct a 7.5 MW solar farm on the airfield in the next two years.

The proposed development will reduce the airport’s reliance on grid power supply by providing an alternative renewable energy supply, allowing Melbourne Airport to generate 12 GW hours per annum, or 20 per cent of Melbourne Airport’s common use annual consumption. If approved by the Commonwealth Government installation will be complete in 2020.


Melbourne Airport’s electricity demand is forecast to grow significantly over the next five years driven by terminal and airfield development.

This growth is set to occur within a context of evolving environmental and carbon regulation, increasing energy prices and a changing climate.

Historically, growth of such magnitude has required increased consumption of fossil fuel resources from natural gas and coal fired power stations.

This increased consumption has both local and global risk implications for the airport’s environment and heritage. Recognising these risks, Melbourne Airport is taking action by investing in renewable energy including plans to construct a 7.5 MW solar farm on the airfield in the next two years.

The proposed development will reduce the airport’s reliance on grid power supply by providing an alternative renewable energy supply, allowing Melbourne Airport to generate 12 GW hours per annum, or 20 per cent of Melbourne Airport’s common use annual consumption. If approved by the Commonwealth Government installation will be complete in 2020.


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    Hi, I want to know whether the tender for EPC contractor will be published on a public domain or will be appointed internally. I represent a PV module manufacturing company and is very keen to supply module to this project. Thank you.

    Souvnik asked over 1 year ago

    The PV modules will be procured by the successful Contractor (not yet appointed) on the project, Melbourne Airport will not be supplying or procuring the solar panels internally.


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    Did this get approved and are you on track for 2020 completion?

    fishcatdogbird asked over 1 year ago

    Hi fishcatdogbird,

    Yes, we are preparing to move ahead with the airfield solar project. We are in the midst of finalising plans, ready to start construction and we are on target to have the project completed next year.

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    Hi there, Are you hiring any worker for a solar installation? I have experience working in a previous solar farm in QLD. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you need more workers. Thank you in advance. best regards, Tep

    tep asked over 1 year ago

    Hi tep,

    Melbourne Airport will not be hiring workers directly. We are currently tendering the project to the market and hope to have a Contractor engaged in the near future.


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    Dear Sir or Madam My name is Jacob,and I would like to ask you two questions regarding the proposed Airfield Solar Farm. 1.) How much acreage will this Solar Farm take up when it is completed.? 2.) How many photovoltaic cells will be required to be installed in order to generate the necessary 12 Gigawatt hours of electricity.? I would greatly appreciate a reply.

    Redbaron asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Jacob,

    Thanks for your questions.

    The design is only at concept stage but we estimate the solar farm taking up approximately 150,000 square metres (37 Acres) and we estimate approximately 25,000 panels will be required to provide the electricity output.