Australian solar and battery storage developer Edify Energy has secured grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for its 25-MW/50-MWh Darlington Point battery project in New South Wales, the government agency said today.
The proposed battery is set to be installed as part of a larger energy storage system of three units located near the 275-MW Darlington Point solar farm. The complex will have a total capacity of 150 MW/300 MWh.
ARENA has committed to providing AUD 6.6 million (USD 4.5m/EUR 4.4m) for the project, while the government of New South Wales will separately extend AUD 6.5 million as part of its AUD-75-million Emerging Energy Programme.
The scheme is planned to utilise advanced inverter technology, which is expected to improve the reliability of the electricity network, especially in a weak part of the grid. “Large scale batteries like Edify’s Darlington Point battery are not only firming our renewable energy but also strengthening the grid, particularly in regional areas, where they will help to unlock more renewable uptake,” said ARENA Acting CEO Chris Faris.
In April, infrastructure investor Federation Asset Management agreed to buy a majority stake in the co-located battery storage projects. All three facilities are planned to live in the summer of 2023/2024.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.681/EUR 0.672)
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