BP’s Solar Farm Australia | Fossil Fuels To Renewables

 

The oil giant, British Petroleum (BP), has launched its first ever Australian solar farm project at the NSW Wellington Solar Farm.

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The 420,000MW solar array has started sending small amounts of solar energy to the NSW grid after becoming the latest project in the state to be registered.

Through BP’s partnership with Lightsource BP and Sterling and Wilson, the solar farm has been constructed and finalised ahead of its December 2020 schedule.

The BP Wellington solar project was designed, constructed and set to operate on behalf of Snowy Hydro NSW which has been responsible for eight other long term solar and wind projects in the area.

The Wellington Solar Farm is set to produce 420,000MWh of clean renewable electricity per year. That’s enough to power 70,000 homes in the area and save 336,000 metric tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

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The BP Lightsource is a subsect of BP industries that focuses on driving low-carbon projects and renewable energy solutions.

Lightsource BP has been developing Australian solar farm projects since 2010 with the aim of reaching net-zero emissions by 2030.

It’s commitment to sustainable energy sets the course for BP’s future as renewable energy projects become more prominent than fossil fuel ones.

To date Lightsource has achieved:

  • 3GW worth of solar projects.
  • 16GW of global project developments across 14 countries.100% renewable energy
  • 110 schools have been powered from the projects.

The Power Of Solar Farms Australia

Announced as the cheapest form of energy, solar power has challenged the worlds fossil-fuel-based economy.

But what does it mean for Australia if we start transitioning to a renewable and sustainable sourced grid?

By adopting more solar energy use in Australia we would see:

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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