Victoria’s first grid-scale battery unveiled in Ballarat

Source: www.energy.vic.gov.au

Victoria’s minister for energy, Lily D’Ambrosio today unveiled the first grid-scale electricity storage project in the state.

The 30 Megawatt/30 Megawatt-hour large-scale lithium-ion battery, located in Warrenheip, Ballarat, is expected to both relieve congestion on Victoria’s power transmission grid and store low-cost renewable energy generation. It is also intended to help with security of supply for Melbourne during peak demand, and help stabilise the grid.

The project, the Ballarat Energy Storage System (BESS), is the first of the two large-scale battery projects in regional Victoria announced by the Victorian government in March this year under the Energy Storage Initiative to provide backup power and grid-stabilisation function.

The two projects are being delivered by a private consortium comprising Spotless, AusNet Services, EnergyAustralia and Fluence, with $25 million from the state government and matched funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Read: Victoria announces launch of two large-scale batteries

The battery system is being supplied by Fluence, will be owned by AusNet Service, and operated by Energy Australia.

The second large-scale battery is the Tesla 25 megawatt/50 mega-watt hour battery which is integrated with the Gannawarra Solar Farm, south-west of Kerang.

D’Ambrosio said the project is part of Victorian government’s plan to transition to a more affordable, reliable and clean energy system.

“We’re modernising our electricity grid, strengthening our energy security and delivering real action on climate change,” she said.

The BESS will be able to respond to changing grid needs within milliseconds and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support critical peak demand.

Supporting the integration of energy storage is one of the actions outlined in the Renewable Energy Action Plan, released in July 2017.

This battery will store renewable energy on site. Delivered by Edify Energy, it is also expected to provide grid support by summer 2018.