CSI Solar, a majority-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, is set to deliver Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) services for a 220MWhdc battery storage project owned by Epic Energy in Mannum, South Australia. Previously owned by wholly-owned Canadian Solar subsidiary Recurrent Energy, the Mannum project will be constructed by CSI Solar's E-Storage business starting in the second quarter of 2024.
The upcoming battery storage project is strategically located alongside an existing 46MWp solar farm capacity at the same Mannum site. E-Storage's scope of work includes a comprehensive EPC agreement and a long-term service agreement (LTSA).
The Mannum project will feature SolBank, a proprietary energy storage solution utilizing robust and high-cycle capacity lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cells. Clive D'Cruz, CEO of Epic Energy, highlighted the significance of the standalone battery storage system, stating it complements the adjacent solar farms by enhancing the region's energy security through absorbing excess energy during the day for use during the evening peak.
Colin Parkin, President of E-Storage, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration with Epic Energy and Recurrent as they expand their renewable energy portfolio in Australia. Parkin emphasized that the Mannum project aligns with Australia's goal of efficiently developing its energy network, contributing to the broader adoption of renewable energy generation in the country.