GE Renewable Energy has been chosen to supply storage for the Solar River Project in South Australia.

The 300MWh energy storage system, called the Reservoir, will be coupled to a 200MW PV plant in the mid-north of the state.

Solar River Project will include more than 640,000 solar panels and GE’s 100MW, three-hours battery storage system, which the company says could transfer up to 400MWh of electricity a day.

The project aims to supply enough affordable and reliable renewable energy to power 90,000 South Australian homes.

“The Solar River Project will be a flagship for the renewable energy industry and for GE’s role in building out renewable hybrid plants,” said GE Renewable Energy renewable hybrids CEO Prakash Chandra.

“Hybrid solutions have become a reality, driven by the demand for reliable and dispatchable renewable energy, which we can integrate using our proprietary controls technology to optimize asset and customer outcomes.” 

The battery system will allow the plant to deliver firm generation and assist in smoothing peaks, said Solar River CEO Jason May.