Australia approves 500 MW solar farm with 250 MW storage
Energy Storage News reported July 8 that South Australia’s Planning Council gave approval just before the end of last month to a 500MWAC solar farm project, co-located with 250MW / 1,000MWh of battery energy storage from renewables developer EPS Energy.
EPS Energy, based in Australia, has three massive solar-plus-storage projects in its pipeline – although nothing on their site is listed as constructed or complete as yet – adding up to just under a gigawatt of PV and more than 2GWh of energy storage, including the just-approved Robertstown Solar.
The proposed large utility-scale solar PV plant will use the batteries to participate in the National Electricity Market, which spans most of Australia’s national network of grids. In gaining approval from the State Commission Assessment Panel, capacity of the NEM to accept energy from Robertstown Solar was judged, as well as market demand for clean energy, proximity to suitable substation infrastructure and environmental analysis, as well as placing the solar-plus-storage farm at a suitable distance from urban areas and many other criteria.
For more information, see: https://www.energy-storage.news/news/huge-battery-system-to-export-cheap-solar-from-south-australia-approved.