September 10 (Renewables Now) - A massive complex that will add 550 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 550 MWh of battery storage capacity is planned for Australia’s Victoria state, the Gippsland Times reports.
The ambitious project, proposed by Melbourne-based Solis RE, envisages a staged installation that will begin with a 50-MW solar plant coupled with 50 MWh of energy storage in Wellington Shire. This first phase is estimated at AUD 125 million (USD 85.7m/EUR 77.6m) and, according to the report, has received initial seed funding from local investors. The proposed power plant will be linked to the National Energy Market, with the connection agreement and planning approval targeted for March 2020.
The whole project is expected to require an investment of about AUD 1.28 billion. The planned capacity will be installed on a total area of 863 ha (2,133 acres), spread across three locations. Site two and three will each accommodate a 250-MW solar park with a 250-MWh battery storage facility. According to the report, the developer expects the so-called Gippsland Renewable Energy Park to be completed within three to four years.
The planning approval process for the project is expected to be initiated later this month, the newspaper writes. It cites the project’s proponents as saying that the “detailed response stage” for the site one has started and discussions with the local Council have been “positive.”
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.686/EUR 0.621)