Hung out to dry: The dark side of big solar | RenewEconomy

It wasn’t the first time – R&L, which installs modules, does pilings and other mechanical services – also got caught up in the collapse of major contractor RCR Tomlinson in 2018, a crash that left unpaid bills to contractors totalling more than $120 million, according to a creditors report, and little money to settle it. Now R&L has closed its doors again, claiming it is the victim of a “fraud”, and unpaid invoices on some of the big projects it is working on.

Earlier this year, the Victoria regional newspaper the Sunraysia Daily reported that 26 local businesses in and around Ouyen in the state’s north west were owed at least $290,000 after the collapse of one of contracting companies at the Kiamal solar farm – the biggest in the state – which is majority-owned by international group Total Eren, and which was being built by Biosar. Two companies working on that project that went into administration were identified in that article as Ozmac and Northern Territory based Rusca Bros. A spokesman for Rusca told the paper that he blamed non-payment of fees from further up the chain for the failure.

Hung out to dry: The dark side of big solar | RenewEconomy