AFL Manufactures Optical Cables for the New England Solar Farm

Melbourne, Victoria and Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fibre optic cable, equipment and accessories, has manufactured and supplied optical fibre cable to Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd for the New England Solar Farm.
The New England Solar Farm is being developed by leading renewable energy developer UPC\AC Renewables Australia across two solar fields near Uralla in the New England region of NSW. The solar farm will be built in two stages, with the first 400MW (AC) stage and the 33/330 kilovolt (kV) substation being installed by Green Light Contractors across the northern section of the site. Once fully constructed, the project is expected to produce 1,800,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean, renewable electricity each year; enough to power more than 250,000 typical NSW homes.
“The project utilised AFL’s Quad-FRP range of loose tube cables,” explained Jeremy Judge, Account Manager for Infrastructure Markets at AFL. “This provides a compact, high strength cable, ideal for use in renewables projects such as this. This type of cable is very popular with energy customers across the country.”
The cables for the project were manufactured in AFL’s facility in Melbourne, Australia. The ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified facility manufactures a variety of bulk optical fibre cables, predominantly for the Australian market. The supply of the project continues AFL’s long-standing involvement in the renewable energy industry and is reflective of AFL’s continued commitment to the transition to renewables.
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About Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd
Green Light Contractors Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Elecnor Australia, itself a subsidiary of Elecnor SA, a large Spanish-owned renewable energy group operating in 56 countries around the world.  Since starting operations in Australia in 2014, GLC has successfully constructed the Moree Solar Farm in NSW, the Barcaldine Solar Farm in QLD, Bungala One Solar Farm and Bungala Two Solar Farm in SA. 
About UPC\AC Renewables Australia
UPC\AC Renewables Australia is owned by UPC Renewables and AC Energy.
UPC-formed companies have assets comprising over 10GW of solar and wind in operation, under construction and in development. UPC Renewables, operates 13 offices globally, with 11 offices in 9 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region. UPC has a proven history of being a successful early entrant in new markets and tackling complex projects. Utilizing advanced technology and tailored business strategies, UPC has been helping many countries accelerate their renewable energy ambitions.
AC Energy is the energy platform of Ayala, one of the largest business groups in the Philippines. AC Energy is one of the fastest growing energy companies with over $1 billion of invested and committed equity in renewable and thermal energy in the Philippines and around the region. The company aspires to exceed 5GW of attributable capacity and generate at least fifty percent of energy from renewables by 2025.
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