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Massive solar plus battery storage project moves into construction phase in Australia

Renew Economy:

Plans to build a 720MW solar farm and a very big battery of around 400MWh in the New South Wales New England region have cleared another major hurdle, after locking in a grid connection agreement with network provider Transgrid.

Developer UPC\AC Renewables Australia said on Thursday that it had signed an agreement with Transgrid for connection to the 330kV transmission line from Tamworth to Armidale in northeast NSW and delivery of connection services over the life of the massive solar and storage project.

Early construction works are now set to begin soon on the $768-million project near the town of Uralla, which received the final green light from the state’s Independent Planning Commission in March of this year.

“This is an exciting development to finalise the connection agreement for one of the largest solar farms in the national electricity market,” said UPC\AC CEO Anton Rohner in a statement on Thursday. “This was one of the last pieces of the development puzzle and we will now look to commencing construction activities shortly,” he said.

The project is expected to create up to 700 full-time jobs during construction – which will be done in two stages and over the course of around three years – and once completed, to generate enough renewable energy to power 250,000 homes.

[Sophie Vorrath]

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