March 15 (Renewables Now) - Australia's Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd (ASX:CCE) this week confirmed it is in talks with the South Australian government about the supply of utility-scale battery energy storage.
Carnegie, a wave power specialist, expanded its focus last year with the takeover of solar and battery microgrid developer Energy Made Clean.
"I can confirm we are in discussions with the South Australian Government as to how we can provide a home grown, utility scale battery energy storage solution to the State of South Australia, and indeed to other State Governments across Australia," said Carnegie's managing director Michael Ottaviano.
Carnegie is one of a number of companies interested in South Australia's plan to add energy storage. On Wednesday, the state government said it is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) over a two-week period from national and international companies to build a 100-MW battery system in time for the summer. Tesla Inc's (NASDAQ:TSLA) boss Elon Musk has already said his company could deliver the system in 100 days or it would be free.
Other Australian companies such as ZEN Energy and Lyon Solar have also shown interest in the opportunity.
ZEN Energy on Tuesday announced a partnership with Santos Ltd (ASX:STO) designed to help South Australia solve its energy issues by integrating large-scale solar and battery storage with natural gas-based generation.
Lyon Solar partner David Green, meanwhile, was cited by The Australian as saying that Lyon Solar has also been in talks with the South Australian government and is better placed than Tesla to provide the storage project.