Solar farm to be built in South Aus
Apr 1, 2017-
The “world’s biggest” battery and solar farm is set to be built in South Australia, in response to recent widespread blackouts which crippled the state’s electricity supplies.
Over the past six months, South Australia has suffered at least four major blackouts, with one leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power in 40 degree Celsius heat.
In response to the energy crisis, Lyon Group has announced a billion dollar (760 million U.S. dollars) project to create a battery and solar farm, which would employ 270 workers to build and maintain 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries.
At an announcement on Thursday, Lyon Group’s David Green said the project would be 100 percent equity financed and will generate 330 megawatts of solar power, however experts are divided on whether or not the massive investment in the farm would bring enough “resilience” to blackouts.
Ian Hore-Lacy from the World Nuclear Association said further reliance on “weather-dependent” renewable energies would mean South Australia could still suffer from blackouts in the future.
“This is a fascinating project, but it will inevitably take South Australia further from having reliable low-cost power,” Hore-Lacy said in a statement.
“Events in South Australia have shown that reliance on weather-dependent renewables requires dispatchable and synchronous power supply to keep the lights on.
Published: 01-04-2017 09:06