THE Gannawarra Solar Farm will soon have the world's largest integrated solar battery storage solution.
The first batch of 400 batteries have arrived on site and will be installed over coming months. They will be used to store solar-generated electricity on site ready for transfer into the grid when peak demands occur.
RCR Tomlinson project director, Benjamin Fox said that the energy storage project will extend the performance of the Gannawarra Solar Farm to a combined 50 megawatt alternating current solar generator with 25 megawatt alternating current/50 megawatts per hour of battery storage.
RCR Tomlinson has commenced work on the energy storage system, being developed by Edify Energy with co-investment from Edify Energy and Wirsol Energy.
RCR's scope of work includes the engineering, procurement, and construction of the balance of the plant, which includes installation, testing and connection of the harmonic filters and state-of-the-art Tesla battery system for the project. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Victorian Government are supporting the project with grant funding.
The solar farm is connected on site to Powercor's 66 kilovolt distribution sub-station on Kerang's southern outskirts, providing easy access to Victoria's power grid.
The Gannawarra Solar Farm is 94.9 cent owned by global solar energy developer, Wirsol and 5.1 per cent by Australian renewable energy development and investment company, Edify Energy.