Jun 22, 2017

Lakeland on the verge of powering up

Lakeland on the verge of powering up

Conergy’s $42.5 million Lakeland Solar and Storage Project in far north Queensland is almost finished, with all solar panels and construction complete.

The project is waiting on delivery of the battery system to allow the complex to store the electricity it produces.

Once the battery system arrives safely in its new home, a series of tests will need to be carried out to ensure all the components are working properly and their integration into the grid is going smoothly.

“We’re so close to completion and Conergy is really looking forward to delivering the Lakeland Solar and Storage Project for the people of the region,” Conergy managing director Christopher West said.

“It’s Australia’s first utility-scale solar and battery project to connect to the very fringe of the Australian energy grid, and will supply reliable energy for the surrounding region.

“The reliability of renewable energy projects has been a hot topic since the South Australian blackouts in September last year and this battery storage technology is one way of addressing those.”

Located on 23ha of land off the Mulligan Highway at Lakeland,  the project is expected to be ready to begin operation at the end of June, once testing is complete.

BMD Constructions  has led the civil, mechanical and structural works for the project, while Nilsen Australia was appointed as the project’s electrical sub-contractor.

The project consists of a 13MWp/10.8MWac solar power PV ground-mounted array (featuring 41,440 solar panels), with a 1.4MW/5.3MWh Conergy ‘CHESS’ storage solution.

When commissioned, it will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 3000 homes, and will connect to Ergon Energy’s existing substation – one of the most remote National Electricity Market (NEM) connected substations in Australia.