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West Australian Solar Power Station Will Get Battery Boost

An Australian able energy company with the support from former Australian Football League chairman Mike Fitzpatrick plans to build a battery-ready solar power station at Northam in Western Australia that is worth up to $20 million, which is the first step in a landmark joint venture with Lendlease.

Last year, Lendlease teamed with Carnegie Clean Energy’s subsidiary Energy Made Clean to deliver battery, solar and microgrid across Australia. Microgrids are larger power systems that can be tapped by communities when the power grid goes down.

Carnegie is presently one of the three key players that are bidding for the South Australian battery project. It the biggest Australian company offering utility scale battery storage. It’s also building the batteries for CSIRO’s Square Kilometre Array.

The agreement was announced last December 2016 for Lendlease and EMC to identify, pursue and bid for contracts for solar and battery energy storage systems in Australia has led to them announcing their first privately-funded project.

Carnegie will operate and own the 10 megawatt Northam solar power station for at least 25 years. The company also has the option to sell energy in the WEM or Wholesale Energy Market or they can deliver large Scale Generation Certificates to 3rd party customers through either their own energy retail license or direct Power Purchase Agreements or possibly a combination of both.

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