Donation from solar builders flows to Port Germein

A $3000 donation from Meralli Projects, the company whose solar farm construction project is wrapping up in Port Germein, aims to boost community groups in the local area.

With the Baroota Solar Farm Project nearing completion, Meralli Projects announced the $3000 community donation through the District Council of Mount Remarkable Council this week.

Community and sporting groups will be invited to apply for the funding through the Mt Remarkable Council.

Meralli Projects partner David Mailler said they decided on the donation after being impressed by the passion of the Port Germein community.

"Every community that we have gone into we try to find that point of difference," Mr Mailler said.

"One of the things I was quite amazed by with Port Germein, which is where the solar farm is being built, was just how many sporting club and community groups there were."

Mr Mailler and his business partner, Methuen Morgan, were born in regional New South Wales and say their upbringing impacted their approach to working in regional areas.

"We want to see those regional communities thrive," he explained.

"We want to add value to those regional communities while we are there.

"It's important because the wealth of the country is built on regional Australia. It's not built on the major cities and it's certainly not built on multinational companies that take all of the profits and the money back home."

The Baroota Solar Farm project is designed to generate 8.923 megawatts of power (DC) in a small footprint; taking up less than half the space of traditional solar farms.

The farm comprised of 23,200 solar panel modules - making it the third biggest project of its type in the world.

Once completed, the solar farm will be owned and run by a group of South Australian farmers. The project is expected to be connected to the grid within four to five weeks.

Methuen Morgan, a partner at Meralli Projects, said that solar projects of this kind are becoming lucrative financial opportunities.

"This is not about saving the world from their perspective - that's a benefit that falls out the back of it - but this is actually a financially viable operation and commercial operation with return sufficiently high enough to encourage them to participate in this build," he said.