Investment in solar energy projects is rapidly increasing throughout South Australia.
In late 2017 the South Australian Government awarded a contract to SolarReserve to develop a 150 MW solar thermal power plant at Port Augusta that will be the largest of its kind in the world and will produce synchronous renewable energy for the electricity grid. Find out more about the Solar Reserve “Aurora” project.
In March 2017, the Lyon Group announced plans to build Australia’s largest solar farm in South Australia’s Riverland. Comprising a new 330 MW solar generation plant and 100 MW battery storage system, it will contain 3.4 million solar PV panels and 1.1 million batteries. Find out more about the Riverland Solar Storage project.
In 2016, DP Energy announced it had received development approval for the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park. The park will be one of the largest hybrid renewable energy projects in the southern hemisphere, consisting of 59 wind turbines and almost 400 hectares of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a combined generation capacity of 375 MW.
Other projects include:
- Bungala Solar Power near Port Augusta (up to 300 MW)
- Port Augusta Solar (100 MW solar thermal plant with graphite block energy storage)
- Tailem Bend Solar Project (100 MW).