29 November 2017
SunSHIFT welcomes government funding for innovative energy storage solutions
The South Australian Government has today awarded SunSHIFT a $1 million grant through its Renewable Technology Fund to help fund a more sustainable energy solution at the Heathgate Resources Beverley mine.
SunSHIFT – a wholly owned subsidiary of Laing O’Rourke – delivers a cleaner and more cost effective alternative to diesel and gas power for off-grid users such as mines, construction sites and remote communities.
The $1 million grant will help fund a $2.69 million modular and relocatable solar PV and battery storage project at the Heathgate Resources Beverley mine. The project will pair 1MW of solar PV with a 1MW/0.5MWh battery, and integrate with the existing on-site gas power plant.
SunSHIFT General Manager Dr Will Rayward-Smith welcomed today’s announcement and thanked Premier Weatherill and the South Australian Government for its commitment to investing in world-class renewable energy sources.
“Short-term users of energy, such as mines, have historically been locked out of energy storage and solar power, as traditional technologies are permanent and require long-term contracts. SunSHIFT offers the solution,” Dr Rayward-Smith said.
“Our modular energy storage and solar power plants can easily be moved from one user to the next, meaning we only require short-term contracts.
“We look forward to working closely with the team at the Heathgate Resources Beverley mine and delivering an innovative energy supply solution that is more affordable and sustainable.”
SunSHIFT provides modular and moveable turnkey solar microgrid solutions. SunSHIFT can be used in on- and off-grid applications as a standalone system or integrated with other energy sources and storage.
SunSHIFT is a subsidiary of Laing O’Rourke, a global engineering and construction company specialising in prefabrication for construction applications. SunSHIFT has been developed and demonstrated with the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and technology partners SunPower and ABB. For more information about how SunSHIFT is enabling the next wave of off-grid solar users, visit www.sunshift.com
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