January 30, 2019 Read More →

Two new large solar plus storage projects planned in South Australia

Renew Economy:

Two new massive solar and battery storage projects have been proposed for South Australia, continuing the momentum in new investment that will likely see the state produce the equivalent of 100 per cent of its electricity needs through wind and solar as early as 2025.

One of the new projects – a $1.2 billion proposal for 500MW of solar PV to be accompanied by 250MW/1000MWh of battery storage – has broken cover in the state’s planning approval process. The application was filed by consultants Energy Projects Solar Pty Ltd, and is proposed for a site just east of Robertstown, about 115 kms north east of Adelaide.

The same company is also proposing a 280MW solar farm and battery storage facility near Port Pirie, known as the Bungama solar project.

It says the Robertstown Solar project – subject to financing – is likely to be built over four stages, and the battery storage facility will also be built in stages. Synchronous condensers may also be installed if required by the grid and market operator.

South Australia has already reached more than 50 per cent share of wind and solar in its grid, mostly through large scale wind (44 per cent) and rooftop solar (7-8 per cent). That share is growing as more projects come on line. Gupta himself proposes some 1GW of solar and storage in the state to help power Whyalla and other big energy users, and AEMO has predicted enough wind and solar could be built by 2026/27 to generate more than is consumed in the state.

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