The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced that it will match $25 million being provided by the Victorian Government to jointly fund Victoria’s first two large-scale, grid-connected batteries.
The $50 million in funding will see the rollout of two battery projects which will together deliver 55 MW of power and can provide approximately 80 MWh of energy storage capacity.
The lithium-ion batteries are to be located at the Gannawarra Solar Farm, near Kerang, and in Warrenheip, Ballarat.
One 25 MW/50 MWh battery, costing $25 million, will be integrated with the 60 MW Gannawarra Solar Farm and will be owned by Edify Energy and its partner Wirsol. The battery will be supplied by Tesla. This project will demonstrate how an existing solar farm can be retrofitted with battery storage.
The other $25 million will be provided to a consortia led by Spotless Sustainability Services to build a 30 MW/30 MWh large-scale, grid-connected battery located at the Ballarat terminal station. This battery is to supplied by Fluence and will be owned by AusNet. This project is intended to demonstrate how batteries can help provide grid stability and support on a congested transmission terminal, at a critical location, reducing the need to expand the substation.