NRF helps clinch EPC contract for Victorian solar farm

Project will cover more than 706 acres and have more than 373,000 solar panels

NRF helps clinch EPC contract for Victorian solar farm

Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has helped a client clinch the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for a major solar farm in Victoria.

The global firm advised Signal Energy Australia, which has been engaged as the EPC contractor for the Glenrowan Solar Farm. Located between Benalla and Wangaratta, the project will cover more than 706 acres and have more than 373,000 solar panels.

Once operational, the project will have 149MW of peak capacity, enough to power about 41,000 homes. The project was pegged to cost $120m, according to earlier reports.

The NRF team was led by partner Emanuel Confos. He was supported by special counsel Steven Choi and senior associate Paul Hedderwick. Confos, who also heads the firm’s internationally-recognised construction and engineering team in Australia, explained what stood out about the deal.

“The highlight of this deal was the collaborative approach of the parties in sharing the procurement risks and the uncertain grid connection risks that face all renewable projects today,” he said.

Signal Energy Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Signal Energy, which is based in the US. The company just opened its Australian office in January 2018 in Sydney and has quickly ramped up its operations in the country. Its other projects include the Finley Solar Plant and the Darlington Point solar and storage project.

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