Lyon plans another giant solar and storage plant in Australia with ground-breaking tender

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Credit: Lyon Group

Brisbane-based renewable energy investor Lyon Group has launched an innovative utility-scale solar-plus-storage market services tender to cover 640MWh of storage across three major projects in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

As part of this tender, the company has also announced a AU$660 million (US$501 million) solar-plus-storage project at Nowingi in north-west Victoria. The 250MW of solar generation will charge an 80MW / 160MWh battery storage system.This would be one of the world’s largest hybrid solar and storage systems in the world, behind Lyon’s own Riverland Solar Storage plant announced in March.

Construction at Nowingi will start in the next few months and is expected to employ about 250 workers.

The tender is open to electricity retailers and generators, heavy electricity users, and other sector participants. Lyon said in a release that the final design of the battery systems would be influenced by the outcome of the tender, and it claimed that such a model was a world-first.

Lyon Group Partner David Green said: “Lyon is able to offer multiple services from the same battery system, and flexibility in contract size to accommodate various users. Lyon will enter into commercial contracts for real services provided by physical assets. This is not a theoretical exercise.”

Along with Nowingi, Lyon is also tendering for projects at Cape York (Queensland) and Riverland (South Australia).

Credit: Lyon Group

Green said: “These projects are working through development consultation and approvals. The land has been secured, technology and other commercial arrangements are in place, and the required network capacity analysis and consultations are well advanced. Lyon’s projects are 100% equity financed.”

Green also cited the recent Finkel report into the future of Australia’s electricity market, which he said had shone a spotlight on large-scale battery storage and its key role in the energy transition. Under Finkel’s recommendation to introduce Energy Security Obligations for new large-scale renewable energy plants, storage would play a key role by delivering fast frequency response, Green added.

Lyon Group’s Australian project pipeline currently comprises more than 1,700MW of large-scale solar and 1,000MW of large-scale battery storage. The firm is also developing a number of new and innovative battery storage products that it will soon release to the market.

Queensland-based developer SolarQ is also planning to build a 350MW(AC) solar plant combined with a huge 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage in the Gympie Region of Queensland.

Read Next

October 26, 2021
The Australian government has today committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 but has not passed any legislation to support such a transition in a move described as “disappointing” and “unambitious” by the country’s Clean Energy Council.
October 20, 2021
Mining company Rio Tinto is looking to deploy an additional 6GW of solar and wind in Australia as part of a new plan to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.
October 18, 2021
Canadian pension investor OMERS Infrastructure has acquired a 49% interest in the Australian renewable energy platform of utility-scale solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).
October 5, 2021
A leading Australian barrister and former head of the Law Council of Australia has said the federal government’s plans to invest public money into fossil fuel production could be illegal, is open to serious legal challenge and is “at odds” with the purpose of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
October 4, 2021
Independent power producer (IPP) Total Eren has enlisted asset management software provider Inaccess to monitor the operation of several of its solar PV plants in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan.
September 28, 2021
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has launched an AU$50 million (US$36 million) programme to support microgrid pilot projects and improve the reliability of electricity supply across regional Australia.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
November 10, 2021
8am (PST) | 5pm (CET)
Solar Media Events
December 1, 2021