McNab supports delivery of world leading solar project.

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McNab has strengthened its reputation in Australia’s renewable energy sector, supporting solar company First Solar in the construction of a world–leading solar research facility at the University of Queensland’s (UQ) Gatton Campus.

Switched on today, the 3.275 megawatt (MW) pilot plant is the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) research facility in Queensland. The facility contains a mix of fixed panels, single axis trackers and dual axis trackers.

McNab has installed more than 37,000 solar panels and connected over 70km of electrical cable on the 10 hectare Gatton site.

The research project represents a key component of the $40.7 million grant by the Education Infractructure Fund (EIF) to UQ and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), announced last year.

“The experienced team and commitment to excel has proved McNab to be a reliable partner of choice in supporting our construction of a solar photovoltaic research facility at the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus,” said Robert Bartrop, Director, Business Development for First Solar, Australia.

McNab Managing Director Michael McNab said the project is just another example of Toowoomba companies supporting the delivery of world-leading projects.

“We’re proud that First Solar has put their faith in us to deliver this important project”, he said.

“Local companies like McNab are a safe pair of hands for clients looking to build complex projects in the region. Our local knowledge has been a good complement to First Solar’s global solar engineering, procurement and construction capability and this project represents a great example of local and international companies working together”.

McNab has a long history on University of Queensland projects, also recently completing the $30m landmark Global Change Institute Building for the University of Queensland, which features many Australian first sustainability initiatives.

The “living building” achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating and was this year ranked 34th in a list of the world’s 50 most impressive environmentally friendly university buildings.