Australia-wide energy retailer EnergyAustralia announced on March 22 it had signed agreements worth around A$50 million ($38 million) to operate two lithium ion, utility-scale energy storage systems totalling 55MW/80MWh in the state of Victoria.
Tesla is due to deliver a 25MW/50MWh lithium ion system at the Gannawarra Energy Storage System near the 50MW Gannawarra Solar Farm.
Fluence (the joint venture between Siemens and AES Corporation) will build a 30MW/30 MWh grid-connected battery at the Ballarat terminal station.
EnergyAustralia will hold the rights to charge and discharge energy from the ESSs into the National Electricity Market until 2030 and 2033 respectively.
The two consortia-led projects by Edify Energy, will be delivered with joint investment from Wirsol Energy and Spotless Sustainability Services, and are part of the Victorian Government Energy Storage Initiative.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will also each provide up to A$25 million in funding to install the systems.
Edify Energy CEO John Cole said: “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.”
The announcement brings the pipeline of utility scale battery systems in Victoria to three, following an announcement last June by French renewable energy company Neoen, Nectar Farms and the Victorian government to build a 20MW/34MWh project next to the Bulgana wind farm near Horsham.
Victoria, along with the rest of Australia is going through a renewable energy renaissance. Last November Tesla threw the switch on the South Australia Hornsdale Power Reserve’s 100MW/129MWh system.
In March, South Australia’s former premier Jay Weatherill announced the state was to build a lithium ion battery 20MW bigger than the record breaking Tesla project.
The state is also set to trial virtual power plant technology and install a 4.3MWh lithium ion micro-grid. The A$10.5 million microgrid will supply wholesale market energy needs and feed surplus power into the broader grid for peak shaving services.
For a full round-up of Australia’s energy projects and goals click here: ESS round-up