Conergy will begin construction of Australia’s first solar and storage project next month, designed to consistently feed renewable energy into the grid.
The $42.5 million project, located off the Mulligan Highway at Lakeland in Far North Queensland, is the Southern Hemisphere’s first integrated solar, storage and fringe-of-grid project of this size and scale, and will demonstrate grid-to-islanding functionality.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided $17.4 million in funding support, adding to its portfolio of fringe-of-grid projects that show how renewables can effectively supply energy to regional Australia. Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB) has provided a 15-year non-recourse financing facility for the project, with Norton Rose Fulbright providing legal Counsel to Conergy.
The project consists of a 13MWp/10.8MWac solar power PV ground-mounted array (featuring 41,440 solar panels), with a 1.4MW/5.3MWh Conergy ‘CHESS’ storage solution. When combined, the system will create a consistent power supply, even during times of cloud cover.
It will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 3000 homes day and night, and will connect to Ergon Energy’s existing substation – one of the most remote National Electricity Market (NEM) connected substations in Australia.
The project, which will be constructed on approximately 60ha, is being developed, engineered and constructed by owner Conergy, one of the world’s most experienced downstream solar companies.
Due to the project’s unique nature and potential learnings, a Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) had been established between Conergy, ARENA, BHP Billiton, Ergon Energy and Origin Energy.
Conergy is the project owner and developer of the Lakeland Solar & Storage Project.