What’s involved with maintaining the solar farm (ie. cleaning, weeding, safety checks)?
Waroona Solar Farm will have a cleaning schedule that accounts for rainfall and how much dust and dirt is in the air. For example, if there is harvesting nearby, the solar panels may need to be cleaned the next day. Solar farm staff would continually monitor performance and check for any decline in production to arrange for cleaning.
As well as regular cleaning, any weeds or pest animals found around the solar panels will be controlled on a regular basis. This will be done in accordance with an approved monitoring plan.
Perimeter security fencing, CCTV, all-weather access tracks, fire breaks, regular site inspections and ongoing maintenance checks are some of the measures that will ensure the safe operation of the solar farm. The site manager’s contact details will also be provided to the public, in case any concerns arise.