The 6MWth (1.1.MWe) Jemalong Solar Station pilot plant has been commissioned, with electricity sent to the grid in January 2017 via connection with the Essential Energy electricity distribution system, via the West Jemalong substation. On-site works for this pilot commenced in April 2014. This modular, 3,500 heliostat pilot facility is Australia’s first grid-connected Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant with thermal energy storage. Each of its five, small array-modules concentrate solar radiation on a dedicated thermal receiver tower 27 metres in height. The five modules connect to a central thermal energy storage tank, from which the stored thermal energy is passed through a steam generator to make steam for a 1.1MWe turbine and electricity generator.

Heat Thermal Storage