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CPP to construct grid-scale energy storage system in South Australia

Published 15 August 2017

Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) has been awarded the contract to construct South Australia's grid-scale battery system.

At its peak about 50 of CPP’s local South Australian workers will be employed on the project, including a number of staff who live in the Mid North region. CPP will carry out the engineering and construction work required to connect the Tesla battery to both the Hornsdale wind farm and South Australia’s power grid.

The work includes updating the substation and installing the batteries and inverters being supplied by Tesla. It also includes integrating the battery’s storage control and metering systems with Neoen and Electranet’s existing systems.


The construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery is a key component of the State Government’s plan to take charge of South Australia’s energy future.

The battery will operate at all times providing stability services to the South Australian grid, which both Tesla and Neoen have said will lower power prices for South Australians.

Neoen, who own the Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown, will also sell the battery's surplus capacity to the market, adding competition and putting downward pressure on power prices. The battery is on track to be operational by 1 December.

CPP is a leading electrical engineering company head-quartered in Adelaide. They have completed 19 major grid connection projects and employ about 100 South Australians.

Quotes attributable to Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis

This project will position South Australia at the forefront of battery storage technology and it’s great that leading local company, Consolidated Power Projects will be a key part of that journey.

In addition to the obvious benefits this project will have for the South Australian power grid, it will also support 50 South Australian jobs, including several in the Mid north region.

The energy storage sector presents huge opportunities for South Australia and we want to see more local companies looking for ways to tap into this growing industry.

Quotes attributable to CPP President Charles Wright

Consolidated Power Projects experience in helping to build Hornsdale 1, 2, and 3 will be invaluable in this project’s success.

Our people have developed skills sets and experience which has supported the renewables sector since 1998. It’s great that 50 of our local Consolidated Power Projects employees will be engaged on this project.

The evolving energy storage industry is a new service delivery to add to CPP’s portfolio. It will allow ongoing growth of our business and people.

Source: Company Press Release