June 26 (Renewables Now) - The South Australian government has given its nod to the first phase of a huge renewable energy project that will add 400 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and 270 MWh of battery storage in the Aussie state.
The development approval was awarded for the project’s first phase, Solar River Project Stage 1, which will include a 200-MW solar park and a 120-MWh lithium-ion energy storage facility, it was announced on Tuesday.
According to the project’s website, Solar River Project Pty Ltd intends to commence construction next January and targets completion in the last quarter of 2019. Once up and running, the complex located about 150 km (93 miles) north of the state’s capital city Adelaide, will be able to produce enough electricity for 96,000 homes. It will be connected to the national power grid by a transmission line to a substation near Robertstown.
Stage 2 of the project will involve the installation of an additional 200-MW solar plant with a 150-MW battery storage system.