The Suntop Solar Farm project, located near Wellington south of Dubbo, will generate approximately 396GW of energy throughout the year which is enough energy to meet the needs of over 65,000 homes.
Fitted with innovative single-axis tracking, the panels can follow the sun’s movement east to west each day. The solar farm will also provide a valuable boost to the local economy, as during peak activity up to 400 workers will be required to maintain its operation.
The raised delivery stations within the solar farm had no access or working platforms/surfaces to allow personnel to conduct maintenance operations. This was impairing the company’s ability to provide a safe and user-friendly working environment, a requirement of high importance to any employer.
The facility needed the provision of a platform system that could be easily unloaded, ideally without the use of cranes or heavy lifting equipment, and one which enabled installation by hand. As with most remote locations, specialist trades, tools and equipment can often be difficult and expensive to bring to site.
Additionally, all systems had to be compliant and engineered to meet stringent Australian Standard criteria.