Solar Farms

AirBorn Insight has extensive experience conducting aerial surveys of solar farm properties using photogrammetry, thermal and LiDAR technologies. Since 2016, we have delivered over 13,000Ha of detailed maps and 3D models of solar farms in Australia. With accurate topography surveys, design engineers can optimise the solar panel support structures to make considerable savings on material costs and speed up the construction process. Our thermographic surveys provide a bird's eye view for detecting faulty panels across an entire site using precision thermal data, for both routine and insurance audits.


  • Thermal mapping for solar panel defect detection and preventative maintenance
  • Terrain mapping of large areas with high accuracy ground control points
  • Contour mapping
  • Power-line mapping
  • Feature mapping (roads, transmission lines, creek inverts, top of embankments, culverts etc)
  • Tree location mapping
  • Visibility Analysis and Line-of-Site mapping
  • Watershed modelling
  • Hydrology study and flood level modelling
  • Erosion Management


We have provided services to customers such as: Infinergy, First Solar, RCR, Clenergy 


A few projects we have worked on include: Darling Downs Solar Farm, Haughton Solar Farm, Metz Solar Farm, Chinchilla Solar Farm, Bulli Creek Solar Farm, Collinsville Solar Farm.

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Temperature data overlaid on geo-referenced colour imagery. Each pixel in the image has a temperature value. 

 Detect anomalies and defective panels. Check individual panel operating temperatures. Perform routine and insurance audits.


Topography captured of a prospective 400Ha solar farm in Queensland.

Engineers use these high resolution contour maps to assist with solar panel structural design.

Detail feature mapping of a development property.

Darling Downs Solar Farm shown as a 3D survey model at pre-development stage in 2016 (top 2 images) and as a finished development in 2018. The red arrow is a reference point.

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HSF detailmapping
HSF features
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