AGL pumps more into SA renewables mix

AGL Energy plans to develop a 250 megawatt pumped-hydro project at a copper mine near Adelaide by 2024 to boost storage for the state’s high renewable energy output.

The Australian is reporting AGL will pay $31 million for the right to develop, own and operate the proposed facility at Hillgrove Resources’ 50-year old Kanmantoo copper mine after its owners first started studying the concept several years ago in the hope of having a project up and running by 2021.

AGL runs SA’s largest power station, the ageing 1280MW gas-fired Torrens Island plant, which will be partly replaced by the Barker Inlet plant due to open by the end of the year. It also recently launched a battery on the Yorke Peninsula powered by its neighbouring Wattle Point wind farm.

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