October 18 (Solar) – New South Wales, the southeastern Aussie state, has granted planning approval to a 100-MW solar project with a battery storage component by Renew Estate.
The Bomen solar park, with direct current (DC) capacity of 120 MW, will be constructed within the Bomen industrial park near Wagga Wagga and will be supported by a 10-MW/40-MWh battery storage system. According to the assessment report, published on the government’s website, the project will require an investment of AUD 164 million (EUR 101m/USD117m), with construction taking up to 12 months.
The local government approval was given with several conditions to address the residual visual impact from the project, among which is the creation of a vegetation buffer along the site's boundaries.
The solar plant will be powered by around 400,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels and will use 44 inverter stations. The generated electricity will be nearly 220,000 MWh, or enough to meet the demand of up to 37,000 homes per year. The energy storage facility will use lithium-ion batteries.
Renew Estate is partly owned by Wirsol Energy Pty Ltd, whose parent is Germany-based Wircon. The Australian firm this summer secured from the Gladstone Regional Council planning approval for its 300-MW Rodds Bay Solar Farm project in Queensland.
(AUD 1 = USD 0.72/EUR 0.62)