Work has begun on what is proposed to become a 400MWh big battery energy storage system that is being built alongside what will be – for a time at least – the biggest solar PV project in Australia, the 720MW New England solar farm in Uralla.
Project developer ACEN Australia said in a press release published on the Philippine Stock Exchange this week that ground has been broken on the first-stage 50MW, one-hour battery in the NSW Northern Tablelands.
Construction on the massive New England solar farm, originally developed by UPC\AC Renewables, is also underway across two fields east of Uralla, a town in the New England electorate of former deputy prime minister and Nationals leader, Barnaby Joyce.
ACEN says the first 400MW AC (520MW DC) stage of the solar farm is due to be completed in 2023. And once the entire 720MW is installed, it will produce about 1,800,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean electricity each year – enough to power about 250,000 NSW homes.
There is also potential for the battery part of the project to be scaled up, to 200MW with two hours of storage, or 400MWh.