The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is an initiative from the Sunshine Coast Council to move towards renewable energy. In fact, the council became the first local government to offset its entire electricity consumption across all its facilities and operations from renewable energy generated.
The site was at a former sugar cane field, chosen for its optimal solar perspective and complimenting the use of agricultural production.
Biggest challenge to the construction crew was the fact that the site is also a low-lying field prone to flooding and majority of works was during the rain season.
As part of their wet weather mitigation, the solar tables were designed to be installed much higher off the ground. This required longer piles, around 10 to 12 piles per 20m x 4m table, as well as two 100t cranes with a made-to-order lifting jig for the install.
DuraBase Mats were deployed on this job for the following applications:
The rapid twist-lock interlocking feature of DuraBase allowed our clients to deploy and redeploy the same mats over multiple locations, cutting down drastically the use of imported fill material.
With the project delivered safely and on time, the Council is on target to save $22M over 30 years.
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