Cleve solar option

Peter Scott

Peter Scott

A PROJECT to install 30 megawatts of solar and associated storage at the Yadnarie substation near Cleve is being investigated by Eye Energy Systems. 

A year on from the statewide blackout discussions continue about securing Eyre Peninsula’s energy supply and Port Lincoln-based energy company Eye Energy Systems is working toward a possible solution for the region.

Eye Energy Systems director Alfredo Nistico said the company’s approach, alongside partner Sunpact, was to install solar generators and battery storage with existing infrastructure.

“We looked at four sites, of the four, two have come to the fore, Wudinna and Cleve,” he said.

The plan is for 25 megawatts of solar and associated storage at Wudinna and 30 megawatts at Yadnarie sub-station near Cleve.

Sunpact and Eye Energy Systems were pursuing the solar farm project before the 2016 blackout.

Eye Energy Solutions has also looked at smaller generators possibly being distributed across vulnerable communities such as Kimba, Ceduna or Streaky Bay.

“The focus of Eye Energy Systems is to develop local expertise in installation, maintenance and management of these systems,” he said.

He said with the two solar farms and existing wind farm there was the potential to make Eyre Peninsula 100 per cent renewable.

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula economic development manager Peter Scott said the blackout in September 2016 had exposed a number of issues.

He said he RDAWEP was confident the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the state government had addressed what lead to the statewide blackout.

Mr Scott said a “big issue” was bills for Eyre Peninsula businesses had doubled in the past year and Eye Energy Systems’ proposal had the potential to drive electricity prices down and was in line with SA Power Networks’ future operating model.