Will the next step be to link up such batteries with solar power? There has already been great investment in solar collection panels. In fact, South Australia already announced in March that a massive solar farm and battery project would be built later this year in the Riverland region.
The facility is to cost one billion dollars and should be operational by the end of the year (2017). The huge undertaking is financed by investors and built on privately owned land. The developer of the project is Lyon Group, an Australian company that specializes in renewable energy solutions. The solar farm will consist of 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries which will be able to produce 330 MW (1 MW can power up to 1,000 homes) and store up to 100 MW.
According to Lyon Group, this immense battery storage will make the farm the biggest of its kind in the world. Australia is one of the most obvious countries in the world to build a large scale adoption of solar energy - the endless burning hot Sun is just waiting to be harnessed.
Just wondering why South Australia has chosen to hook up the world’s largest battery with wind generators, and not the world’s largest solar farm?
Credit for image featured at top of page: Lyon Group, Kingfisher project