Infigen has been chosen to construct a 1MW PV plant with integrated storage, the company has announced. The Capital East solar farm will be built in New South Wales (NSW) and it will be the first in Australia to be registered with the National Electricity Market (NEM) as well as Infigen’s first PV project in operation after losing out on a solar fund bid eralier this year. The company will first install a 200kW system linked to storage device with a capacity of one hour storage as a demonstration facility. Later, the results gathered from the 200kW array waill be used to add more modules and turn the plant into a large-sclale PV plant.
“Whilst the first stage operating solar PV facility will supply enough renewable energy to power approximately 40 average homes, it is primarily being developed as a demonstration facility to support Infigen’s entry into large scale solar PV generation and implementation of energy storage technologies,” David Griffin, general manager of development at Infigen, said. “Infigen recognises that energy storage will be a key enabling technology in the future of renewable energy in Australia. Distributed renewable energy facilities that are also capable of providing network support are expected to become increasingly competitive with traditional supply solutions requiring continuing large investments in outdated network infrastructure”