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August 28, 2021

Sapphire Solar Farm – Battery Energy Storage System, Australia

By Carmen

The Sapphire Solar Farm – Battery Energy Storage System is a 50,000kW energy storage project located in Glen Innes, Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. The rated storage capacity of the project is 100,000kWh.

The project was announced in 2017 and will be commissioned in 2021.

Description

The Sapphire Solar Farm – Battery Energy Storage System is being developed by CWP Renewables Pty. The project is owned by CWP Renewables Pty (100%).

The key applications of the project are renewables capacity firming and renewables energy time shift.

Contractors involved

CWP Renewables Pty is the owner. CWP Renewables Pty is the developer.

Additional information

CWP is currently building the 270 MW Sapphire wind farm, helped by a contract for part of the output from the ACT government, and in 2018 is looking to begin construction of a 170MW solar farm, along with 50MW/100MWh of battery storage. The projects will depend on contracted off-take agreements for at least part of the project. The Sapphire wind farm has a 20 year contract for 100MW with the ACT government (at $89/MWh fixed), but the remainder will go “merchant”. The solar and storage facilities could follow the same blueprint.

Methodology

All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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