South Australia to host another big battery near Snowtown

The South Australian government has announced another big battery for the mid North, with Tilt Renewables set to build a 44MW solar farm coupled with 21MW/26MWh battery system.

The energy generated will be fed into the national electricity grid via the company’s existing 100MW Snowtown Stage 1 Wind Farm substation.

The $90 million project will be financially supported with a grant of $7,125,000 from the SA Renewable Technology Fund and expected to create about 200 jobs during construction.

Established with a mission to accelerate SA’s energy transition, the fund has thus once again backed further deployment of energy storage, after it allocated a total of $8 million for four selected projects late last year.

Tilt Renewable’s Snowtown North Solar Farm and Battery Energy Storage System Project will feature up to 180,000 solar PV panels and be located on 100 hectares of cleared farming land next to the existing wind farm.

“When complete, the new infrastructure will be part of the biggest co-located wind, solar and battery facility in Australasia,”  said Tilt Renewables Chief Executive Deion Campbell.

According to Campbell, the Snowtown development demonstrates that the integration of the right mix of existing technologies in a modern renewable electricity system, can provide flexibility and security of supply and that co-location can greatly increase asset utilization and overall system efficiency.

In the same release, Tilt Renewables also announced that a 300MW, 1350MWh pumped hydro storage project at the Highbury quarry near Adelaide was moving to the approvals phase.