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South Australian government approves 500 MW solar and ES project [free access]

July 4, 2019

The South Australian government has given its green light to the New South Wales (NSW) based developer–Energy Projects Solar (EPS) Energy’s proposal for building the AUD1.2 billion Robertstown solar and energy storage project. The project is proposed to be an integrated, but separately operated photovoltaic energy generation system (PVS) of approximately 500 MW generation capacity, and a 250 MW (1,000 MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) that will feed into the national electricity market via transmission company ElectraNet’s Pty Limited’s Robertstown substation.


The construction of the power station will be done in stages and will be later connected to the existing Robertstown substation via 275 kV lines. This will result in the solar project connecting to the South Australian power grid network.


The Roberstown project, which still has a number of hurdles to clear before commencing construction, will ultimately generate enough electricity to power 144,000 homes during its lifespan of 30 years. The construction on the project will begin in mid-2020.


The EPS Energy’s portfolio in South Australia includes the proposed Bungama Solar project [a 280 MW (AC) utility-scale solar PV and BESS (near Port Pirie)], Yoorndoo Ilga solar project [a 200-400 MW (AC) utility-scale solar PV and BESS (near Whyalla)], and now the Robertstown project.