CIMIC Group company UGL has been awarded contracts by Singapore-based Equis Energy to build and maintain the Tailem Bend 127MWDC Solar Farm in South Australia.

The $170 million project is due to commence in early 2018, with power generation to the grid expected in 2019.

According to CIMIC Group CEO Michael Wright, "With our growing expertise in delivering renewable energy projects, CIMIC and UGL are proud to be supporting the growth of the Australian renewable energy market and delivering the Tailem Bend Solar Farm for Equis Energy."

"The Tailem Bend Solar Farm expands UGL's national footprint - we now have a solar farm under construction in every Australian mainland state - reaffirming our position as the leading EPC contractor in the renewable energy sector. We are very pleased to be partnering with Equis Energy to deliver this South Australian solar farm," says UGL MD Jason Spears.

UGL will undertake the engineering, procurement and construction of the project, including the associated substation and, critically, will provide the internal expertise to ensure the project is integrated successfully into the electricity network. 

UGL currently has solar projects under construction at Emu Downs in Western Australia, Kidston and Collinsville in Queensland, White Rock in New South Wales and Bannerton in Victoria.