The Solar River Project has been in the works for over two years and will integrate 200MW of PV and a 100MW/300MWh battery under one generation license. It will be under construction by Christmas, and the first electricity will be generated in 2021.
Alinta, a big-name utility in the renewables industry, put out the call last July, offering 1000 MW of contracts for wind and solar projects. The developers of Solar River would not disclose the financial details of the 15-year PPA they’ve negotiated with Alinta, but it is known that the deal is for 75 per cent of the solar farm’s output.
The project will contain the first purpose-built PV battery system in the world and will be one of the largest batteries in the Southern Hemisphere. With a three-hour charge cycle, it will be cycling one to two times a day.