Carnegie proposes 10-MW solar-plus-storage project, gets funds for microgrid

Northam solar park graphic representation. Source: Carnegie Clean Energy (www.carnegiece.com).

March 14 (Renewables Now) - Australia's Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd (ASX:CCE) on Monday unveiled plans to build a 10-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant with up to 10 MWh of battery storage in Western Australia and announced new financing for its Garden Island microgrid project.

The renewables developer has secured an in-principle approval to negotiate a lease to build, own and operate a solar park with accompanying storage capacity at the Kemerton Strategic Industry Area – a heavy industry region in the southwestern part of the state. The approval was awarded by the Western Australian Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) and private infrastructure group LandCorp, which is the estate manager and owner of land.

The so-called Kemerton PV park will be located in the ancillary industry area of the industrial zone near Bunbury. It complements Carnegie’s recent proposal for a 100-MW solar farm and 20 MWh of energy storage capacity near Coolgardie, Western Australia.

In a separate press release, the Australian firm said it has obtained AUD 6.1 million (USD 4.8m/EUR 3.9m) in financing from the Commonwealth Bank Australia (CBA) for its Garden Island microgrid project that will combine wave and solar energy with batteries. The company has secured AUD 2.1 million in project financing and an additional AUD 4 million revolving research and development (R&D) facility.

The Garden Island project will involve the construction of a 2-MW solar installation, a 2-MW/0.5-MWh battery storage system and a control system. These will be integrated with Carnegie's CETO 6 wave energy generation technology.

Construction of the complex is already completed, with grid connection anticipated for the coming months. Power will be supplied to the Australian Department of Defence under a long-term contract, Carnegie said.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.787/EUR 0.635)

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