Victoria announces launch of two large-scale batteries

The Victorian Government has announced the launch of two large-scale battery storage initiatives to provide backup power and grid-stabilisation function.

The two projects are being delivered by private consortia Edify Energy and Spotless Sustainability Services, with $25 million from the Labor Government and matched funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The Tesla 25MW/50MWh battery will be integrated with the Gannawarra Solar Farm – south-west of Kerang – and will store renewable energy produced on site.

The second battery is a 30MW/30MWh system connected directly to a vital grid intersection at a substation at Warrenheip, near Ballarat.

State minister for energy, environment and climate change Lily D’Ambrosio and Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg today announced the lithium-ion batteries—which include the largest integrated solar farm and battery in Australia.

 

The batteries will deliver crucial power supply, frequency control and related back-up services in milliseconds to maintain stability in the network for Western Victoria.

“This Andrews Labor Government initiative is an important part of helping us transition to a more affordable, reliable and clean energy system,” D’Ambrosio said.

Construction has already begun, with both projects expected to be operational in time for next summer’s peak.