South Australia grants planning permit to 280-MW solar project

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July 22 (Renewables Now) - The South Australian government last week awarded planning permission to a project by EPS Energy that will add 280 MW of solar in the state.

The approval, issued on Friday, concerns the Bungama project that is planned to be located near the Port Pirie township. The photovoltaic (PV) installation will consist of 800,000 solar panels and will be coupled with a 140-MW battery facility capable of storing up to 560 MWh of power along with its associated infrastructure.

According to the project’s website, the overall capital investment needed is estimated at AUD 650 million (USD 457.3m/EUR 407.7m).

Once completed, the power plant will feed electricity into the National Electricity Market through ElectraNet’s network, with its output expected to be enough to meet the demand of around 86,000 homes per year.

The approval comes a month after New South Wales-based EPS Energy won clearance for its 500-MW Robertstown solar project with a 250 MW/1,000 MWh battery component near Adelaide. Separately, the company is developing an up to 400-MW solar scheme near Whyalla called Yoorndoo Ilga Solar, also with storage.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.703/EUR 0.627)

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