NSW Government Green Globe Awards
30 October 2014
Infigen Energy’s Capital East solar farm, a solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage demonstration facility, was highly commended by the NSW Government’s Office of Heritage and Environment in the 2014 Green Globes Awards category of Climate Change Leadership. This award recognises outstanding initiatives and/ or leadership in the field of climate change mitigation and adaptation in New South Wales.
Construction of the solar farm was completed in 2013, with the first stage designed to trial innovative technologies and construction techniques. The development is also a demonstration facility to support Infigen Energy’s entry into large-scale solar PV generation and integration of energy storage technologies.
Sharing the same network connection, the energy storage system will be able to be charged and discharged from either the solar PV array or the grid. This provides valuable experience for the market in understanding how energy storage can be optimised to facilitate deployment of renewable energy generation.
Capital East solar farm is the first solar PV and energy storage system registered as a market generator in the National Electricity Market.