BIG BAT­TER­IES FUNDED

The Australian Energy Review - - CONTENTS - EL­IZ­A­BETH FABRI VIC­TO­RIA

THE Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment and the Aus­tralian Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (ARENA) have poured $50 mil­lion into two new large-scale bat­tery projects for the State.

The projects in­clude a 25MW/50MWH Tesla bat­tery to be in­te­grated at the ex­ist­ing 60MW Gan­nawarra So­lar Farm, and a 30MW/30MWH Flu­ence sys­tem to con­nect di­rectly to a vi­tal grid in­ter­sec­tion at a sub­sta­tion at War­ren­heip.

The Tesla bat­tery will be owned by Ed­ify En­ergy and its part­ner Wir­sol, while the Flu­ence bat­tery will be built by a con­sor­tia led by Spot­less Sus­tain­abil­ity Ser­vices and owned by Ausnet.

To­gether, the projects will gen­er­ate 55MW of en­ergy and 80MWH of stor­age to pro­vide backup power, grid-sta­bil­i­sa­tion, and re­duce en­ergy bills for Vic­to­ri­ans.

They will also help ease con­straints on Western Vic­to­rian trans­mis­sion lines, which cur­rently limit the out­put of ex­ist­ing wind and so­lar farms.

“Stor­age has been the miss­ing piece of the en­ergy jig­saw for a long time,” Fed­eral En­ergy min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg said.

“These two large-scale, grid-con­nected bat­ter­ies in Vic­to­ria are yet an­other in­vest­ment that will help de­liver more af­ford­able and re­li­able en­ergy for Aus­tralian house­holds and busi­nesses as we tran­si­tion to a lower emis­sions fu­ture.”

Con­struc­tion had al­ready be­gun at both projects, which were ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by next sum­mer.

“We said we would de­liver this for Vic­to­ria, and that’s ex­actly what we’ve done,” Vic­to­rian En­ergy min­is­ter Lily D’am­bro­sio said.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to mod­ernise our elec­tric­ity grid, strengthen our en­ergy se­cu­rity and de­liver real ac­tion on cli­mate change.”

Both bat­ter­ies will be op­er­ated by En­er­gyaus­tralia un­der long-term off­take agree­ments. Ed­ify En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive John Cole said the com­pany is proud to have de­signed and de­liv­ered the first com­bined util­ity scale so­lar and stor­age fa­cil­ity in Vic­to­ria.

“With­out a doubt as the cost of bat­tery stor­age falls, we see so­lar and stor­age be­com­ing a ‘cat­e­gory killer’ in the en­ergy sec­tor and ac­cel­er­at­ing Aus­tralia’s tran­si­tion to a clean en­ergy fu­ture,” Mr Cole said.

Im­age: Ed­ify En­ergy.

A Tesla Powerpack will be in­te­grated at the 50MW Gan­nawarra so­lar farm in Vic­to­ria.

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