ITP were approached by SolarShare – a community energy initiative – in early 2020 to assist in the facilitation of group’s flagship project; a 1MW solar farm in Majura. The site had considerable history, having been in development since 2012. The development is largely owned by shareholders in the project, who will earn dividends from the income generated by the solar farm. The development was largely managed by volunteers until ITP’s involvement.
ITP provided engineering oversight and project management services to the community group during the design and installation phases of the project, ensuring the installation of the system was achieved with the appropriate oversight for a project of this size and complexity. In its capacity as the Owner’s Engineer, ITP reviewed designs and monitored installation to ensure the installation compliance and best practice. ITP also managed regulatory approval with the ACT government, lifting a considerable burden from the community group.
The ‘button pushing’ ceremony took place on the 11/03/21, attended by ACT Climate Minister Shane Rattenbury, SolarShare shareholders and volunteers, press and project stakeholders including ITP. The site is currently the largest community owned solar farm development in the country.