Broad: Bat­ter­ies win

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The con­struc­tion of large-scale bat­ter­ies in western Vic­to­ria rep­re­sents a ma­jor a win for much of the re­gion.

That is the as­sess­ment of Mem­ber for Mallee An­drew Broad in re­sponse to con­fir­ma­tion that Kerang and War­ren­heip near Ballarat will be the sites for the bat­ter­ies.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, through the Aus­tralian Re­new­able En­ergy Agency, and the State Gov­ern­ment will both pro­vide $25-mil­lion for the pro­ject.

Mr Broad wel­comed the an­nounce­ment as part of a plan to pro­vide more af­ford­able and re­li­able en­ergy in Vic­to­ria.

“To­gether these bat­ter­ies will pro­vide 55MW of en­ergy and 80MWH of stor­age ca­pac­ity, help­ing to pro­vide more af­ford­able and re­li­able en­ergy in the Wim­mera, Mallee and Mil­dura re­gions,” he said. “These bat­ter­ies will be used to store re­new­able en­ergy not cur­rently in use and also in­ject stored en­ergy into the grid when in high de­mand.”

The bat­tery near Kerang will be colo­cated with the Gan­nawarra So­lar Farm, pro­vid­ing 25MW of en­ergy and 50MWH of stor­age ca­pac­ity.

“This will be Aus­tralia’s largest in­te­grated bat­tery and so­lar farm, with the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to pro­vide power to a min­i­mum of 800 homes for 24 hours,” Mr Broad said.

There was spec­u­la­tion in early plan­ning for the bat­ter­ies pro­ject that one of the sites might be in the Wim­mera or south­ern Mallee.

Vic­to­rian En­ergy Min­is­ter Lily D’am­bro­sio said the State Gov­ern­ment was build­ing the bat­ter­ies as part of ‘the most so­phis­ti­cated en­ergy stor­age ini­tia­tive in Aus­tralia’.

Ms D’am­bro­sio and Fed­eral En­ergy Min­is­ter Josh Fry­den­berg made a joint an­nounce­ment on the pro­ject.

Ms D’am­bro­sio said bat­ter­ies were strate­gi­cally lo­cated to pro­vide back-up power and grid sta­bil­i­sa­tion and would be op­er­a­tional for the peak of next sum­mer.

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

Mr Broad said this was just one of the mea­sures the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment was tak­ing to en­sure re­li­able and af­ford­able en­ergy for all Aus­tralians and sta­bil­ity of the grid, even dur­ing peak times.

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