Construction will soon be underway on a gigantic solar farm in South Australia that is set to be the biggest of its kind in the world with 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million individual batteries. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, at which point the huge plant should outdo all other solar farms in terms of overall battery capacity – although other solar facilities are larger in terms of land area.
Overall capacity will be 330 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to keep the lights on in tens of thousands of homes, with at least 100 MW of storage capacity for holding energy, according to the site’s developer, the Lyon Group. Once finished, the plant will cover 4,000 square metres and cost an estimated $1 billion to construct. The facility will then be able to provide roughly 330 MW power for just over 18 minutes, or 100 MegaWatts of power for 1 hour. The South Australian government says the new project is one of several in the pipeline designed to help it hit its target of doubling renewable energy output by 2020.
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