FRV carries out its first hybrid solar storage project in Australia
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a global provider of sustainable energy solutions, has started construction on its first 5MW (AC) Solar-Storage Hybrid Power Plant in Australia.
Located in the Dalby region of Queensland, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) facility will feature 2.4MW (AC) of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation panels and a 2.5MW (AC)/5MWh energy storage system which, once completed, will be one of the first co-located PV and BESS system greenfield developments in Australia.
The plant’s output will be connected to Ergon’s distribution network, allowing the hybrid power plant to supply and take electricity from the grid and trade in the NEM.
The plant is designed to be operated as a predictable and dispatchable generation plant, to provide a reliable energy output to QLD customers. The system will have the ability to access the maximum number of markets and revenue streams, including arbitrage and FCAS services.
“Battery Energy Storage Systems are needed to support further investment in Queensland renewables and help maintain system security and reliability,” FRV Australia managing director Carlo Frigerio says.
“This project will be critical to Queensland’s future energy supply and security as renewable energy capacity increases, with storage supporting solar and wind power coming into the market when it is most needed. The inclusion of PV as part of the project shows the importance of integrating solar and batteries in order to deliver dispatchable power.”
This project is FRV’s ninth project in Australia becoming part of a total of approximately 640MW (DC) owned projects’ portfolio.