Lyon Battery Storage
Market Services Tender

Project portfolio

Lyon began the development of Lakeland Solar Storage, Australia’s first grid connected utility-scale solar PV and battery storage project, in 2012. The project set a landmark for Australia and was globally recognised for its innovation and leadership.

Lyon is progressing a number of large, centralised battery energy storage projects across Australia. Most of these projects are grid connected and part of the pipeline of integrated solar PV and battery storage projects being developed by the Lyon Group through two of its subsidiaries, Lyon Solar and Lyon Battery Storage.

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The project portfolio within the scope of the Lyon Market Services Tender includes:

Cape York

Cape York Solar Storage will occupy approximately 200 hectares of land, about three kilometres south of Lakeland, adjacent to the Mulligan Highway. It will connect to the existing Ergon electricity transmission line that runs through the site. The project was announced in September 2016. Formal community consultation sessions commenced in March 2017.

Project planned construction start date November 2017
Project first operations date Q1 2018
Solar capacity 55MWac
Storage peak / capacity 20MW / 80MWh (depending on configuration)

Riverland

Riverland Solar Storage will occupy approximately 600 hectares of land, and be located two kilometres to the east of the North-West Bend Sub Station. The site fronts the highway east of Morgan and was previously used for cattle grazing. It will connect to the two existing ElectraNet transmission lines that run through the site. The project was announced in March 2017. Formal community consultation sessions commenced in May 2017.

Project planned construction start date September 2017
Project first operations date Q1 2018
Solar capacity 330MWac
Storage capacity 100MW / 400MWh (depending on configuration)

Nowingi

Nowingi Solar Storage will occupy approximately 600 hectares of land, and be located 35 kilometres south of Red Cliffs Terminal Substation in north-west Victoria. The site fronts the highway about half way between Mildura and Ouyen and was previously used for wheat farming. It will connect to existing Ausnet transmission lines that run through the site. The project was announced in June 2017. Formal community consultation sessions will commence shortly.

Project planned construction start date September 2017
Project first operations date As early as January 2018
Solar capacity 250MWac
Storage capacity 80MW/160MWh (depending on configuration)

 

The sites for these projects have been chosen because they have:

  • great solar resources
  • are on large and flat parcels of land
  • an existing power line running through the site for easy connection to the electricity grid
  • already been cleared of native vegetation
  • no immediately adjacent neighbours
  • no immediate neighbours highway access, which is beneficial during construction

Construction of these projects will include:

  • Civil work (surveying, grading, fencing and roads)
  • Structural work (installation of posts, rails, and tracking equipment)
  • Substation work (construction of substation and installation of transformer)
  • Panel / Battery storage installation
  • Electrical work (installation of modules, inverters, transformers, and cabling)
  • Plant commissioning

Downer has been selected as the preferred contractor to construct these projects. Downer has professionally delivered similar projects, and has the experience and commitment to ensure delivery of Lyon’s projects to best practice safety, environmental and community standards.

Lyon and Downer’s procurement teams are currently working to define the supply chain requirements of these projects. We will identify opportunities for local engagement and employment during the construction and operating phases of the project. As these become known, they will be advertised through media and existing local networks.

The highest workforce requirement is during the installation of the photovoltaic panels, for a three month period between months seven and nine of construction. In consultation with local councils, Lyon is considering a number of options to accommodate the construction workforces for these projects.

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