Electric Power Generation and Distribution

Now Online: Australia's First Utility-scale Grid-connected Solar and Battery System

19 February 2018

The first utility-scale solar and battery storage project to be connected to the Australian grid has started The project will be a test case for deliberately 'islanding.' Source: ARENAThe project will be a test case for deliberately 'islanding.' Source: ARENAdelivering power to 3,000 homes and businesses in Far North Queensland while forming a test case for deliberate 'islanding.'

Conergy’s AU$42.5 million (US$33.6 million) project includes a 10.8-MW AC solar farm with more than 40,000 solar panels alongside a 1.4-MW/5.3-MWh lithium-ion battery.

The town of Lakeland will be solely powered by solar and batteries for several hours at a time as a form of protection against blackouts. Demonstration of islanding — where a section of the grid continues to provide power while disconnected from the main grid — will increase the reliability of local supply and pave the way for siting more combined solar and storage facilities alongside other remote grid-connected communities.

To contact the author of this article, email sue.himmelstein@ieeeglobalspec.com

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