EnergyAustralia has signed as much as take market management one other two massive battery storage initiatives in New South Wales, including to its rising portfolio of storage initiatives below its administration.
The utility large has signed a cope with Edify Vitality for a complete of 90MW/120MWh of battery storage capability at Darlington Level in south west NSW.
Edify is constructing three separate battery storage initiatives on the one location, subsequent to the substation and the large 275MW photo voltaic plant at Darlington Level, on Wiradjuri Nation.
One of many installations – the 60MW/120MWh Riverina Energy Storage System 1 – has already been signed up by Shell, as a part of its plans to service its NSW authorities electrical energy provide contract.
EnergyAustralia has agreed to take market management of Riverina 2 (65MW/130MWh) and the Darlington Level (25MW/50MWh) battery storage initiatives for at the very least 10 years.
All three batteries are being constructed with Tesla Megapack expertise, with building to begin later this yr and completion due in 2023/24.
“The Darlington Level and Riverina batteries will likely be added to our fleet of latest versatile capability initiatives, which exhibit we’re doing, not simply dreaming, when it comes advancing Australia’s clear vitality future,” mentioned Mark Collette, the managing director of EnergyAustralia.
“These applied sciences will change into the spine of a contemporary vitality system that can step in and maintain the lights on when demand for electrical energy is excessive, in addition to enable photo voltaic vitality for use – even when the solar isn’t shining.”
EnergyAustralia already operates Edify’s 25MW/50MWh Gannawarra battery in Victoria, and the 30MW/30MWh Ballarat battery owned by Ausnet. It has additionally contracted the output of the large 250MW/2000MWh Kidston pumped hydro challenge in Queensland being constructed by Genex.
It’s also planning to construct its personal battery – the 350MW/1400MWh Wooreen facility within the Latrobe Valley – forward of the superior closure of the Yallourn brown coal generator in Victoria, which is now on account of shut down in 2028.
“Edify Vitality are top-of-the-line vitality challenge builders within the nation,” Collette mentioned in an announcement.
“We’re pleased with the work we did collectively on the Gannawarra photo voltaic farm and battery in northern Victoria and we look ahead to doing it once more, this time within the New South Wales Riverina area.
Edify CEO John Cole says the corporate plans to convey extra vitality era and storage initiatives to market that can “advance the dispatchability and resilience of a renewable energy system.”
All three of Australia’s main “gentailers” – AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia – are actually dedicated to investing billions in battery storage, with AGL and Origin each planning amenities of two,000MWh or extra at their respective Liddell and Eraring amenities.
Each corporations are additionally planning to construct battery storage at their different fossil gasoline hubs, with AGL taking a look at massive batteries at Loy Yang A, and at Torrens Island in South Australia, which is already below building.
In a current interview with RenewEconomy’s popular Energy Insiders podcast, Collette mentioned EnergyAustralia is taking a look at quite a lot of different massive batteries initiatives, notably because it imagines a grid with out coal.
“We definitely have quite a lot of different battery initiatives on the go in the mean time. We’re planning for our future portfolio. And as you’d think about, once we take into consideration that, we now have to think about a world the place we don’t have coal any longer.”
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