World’s Biggest Solar Farm in South Australia to Cost $1 billion

By: | April 27th, 2017

Image courtesy Lyon Group

Construction of the world’s biggest solar energy storage farm will start soon in South Australia. Brisbane-based renewable energy developer and investor Lyon Group announced that if everything goes as per plan, the project will be complete by the end of 2017.

This masterpiece is being built in South Australia’s Riverland region. The South Australian government has the target to double the renewable energy output by 2020, by installing many such projects. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to install a 100MW battery system for energy storage in just 100 days.

As per Lyon Group partner David Green, “The combination of the solar and the battery will significantly enhance the capacity available in the South Australian market. We see the inevitability of the need to have large-scale solar and integrated batteries as part of any move to de-carbonize.”

Here are some of its salient features:

  • There will be 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million individual batteries in this solar farm.
  • The solar farm will have an overall capacity of 330 megawatts (MW), sufficient enough illuminate tens of thousands of homes.
  • The solar farm will be linked to a 100MW/400MWh battery storage system
  • The plant is expected to cover 4,000 square meters (43,056 square feet).
  • The estimated cost of this project is $1 billion.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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