October 11 (Renewables Now) - Infigen Energy (ASX:IFN) said today it has energised a 25-MW/52-MWh battery storage facility near its Lake Bonney wind farm complex in South Australia.
The storage system, which uses Tesla Powerpack technology, has been also registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and is expected to be commissioned by the end of the year, Infigen said in a bourse filing. The renewable energy developer and operator will use the battery facility to provide flexible capacity and system security services to the South Australian ancillary services market. It previously said the installation will enable it to expand its supply contracts from the Lake Bonney wind parks to more commercial and industrial customers.
The construction of the storage system was carried out in two phases, at a total cost of AUD 38 million (USD 25.8m/EUR 23.4m). The state government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) each provided AUD 5 million in grants.
The 278.5-MW Lake Bonney complex consists of three wind farms, which in September had a combined output of 50 GWh, down from 63 GWh generated a year before, Infigen said in its monthly production report.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.678/EUR 0.615)