One of world’s largest solar plus storage systems taking shape in South Australia

Lead image: Future site of the Solar River Project. Credit: Solar River Project

This week, GE Renewable Energy said that it will supply and integrate of one of the largest grid-scale battery hybrid systems in the southern hemisphere at the Solar River Project in South Australia. The almost 300-MWh energy storage system, called the Reservoir, will be coupled with a 200-MW solar power plant.

The South Australia Electricity Grid has one of the peakiest loads in the world, said GE, and the battery energy storage system will allow the plant to deliver firm generation and assist in smoothing peaks, contributing to a more stable network for years to come, said the companies.

Prakash Chandra, Renewable Hybrids CEO, GE Renewable Energy, says “The Solar River Project will be a flagship for the renewable energy industry and for GE’s role in building out Renewable Hybrid plants. Hybrid solutions have become a reality, driven by the demand for reliable and dispatchable renewable energy, which we can integrate using our proprietary controls technology to optimize asset and customer outcomes. We are proud to have been selected by the Solar River Project to deliver this very important project that will benefit a large community in this part of the world.” 

The Solar River Project CEO Mr Jason May said, “The award of the battery to General Electric is another major milestone for the project. General Electric is a world leader in renewable energy storage technology, and we are very excited to have them on board. General Electric brings a cutting-edge technology to South Australia, by delivering huge energy transfer capacity with an intelligent operating system.”

The Solar River Project received Crown Development Approval in June last year, and. Stage 1 of the project is intended to see the first electricity generated in early 2021.

Lead image: Future site of the Solar River Project. Credit: Solar River Project 

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