South Australian Government Crown Sponsorship for the Aurora Energy Project has been extended to support an increase of the battery storage component. It has previously been extended to support construction of the battery and the Company’s thermal energy storage system (TESS-GRID).
Crown Sponsorship indicates that the project is sponsored by a State Government agency, in this case the Department of Energy and Mining as a development of essential infrastructure’ under section 131(2)(c) of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016.
Crown Sponsorship was provided for the original project scope of 150MW concentrated solar power and 70MW solar and was extended in February 2021 to include 70MW of battery storage and 2MW thermal energy storage. Crown Sponsorship has now been approved to increase the battery storage component from 70MW/70MWh to 140MW/140MWh in the initial stage, increasing to 140MW/ 280MWh in later stages. 1414 Degrees acquired the project through its purchase of SolarReserve Australia II Pty Ltd now renamed SiliconAurora Pty Ltd.