ARENA co-funds Victoria’s first utility storage systems


The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $25 million in funding towards the development of two utility-scale energy storage battery systems in Victoria.

In total, the two battery storage systems will costs $50 million and will be the region’s first large scale units. They will be constructed at Gannawarra solar farm near Kerang and in Warrenheip, Ballarat.

Battery sites and operation

The two systems combined will deliver 55MW of power and will have approximately 80MWh of energy storage capacity.

The funding forms part of efforts by ARENA to help Victoria to accelerate energy storage adoption to achieve its renewable energy goals.

The 30MW Ballarat energy storage system will be supplied by Fluence, owned by AusNet and will provide energy adequate to power 20,000 homes for an hour.

The project will demonstrate how energy storage can help reduce costs associated with energy transmission over long distances.

The 50MWh system to be developed at Gannawarra will be supplied by Tesla, owned by Edify Energy and its partner Wirsol.

The two systems will be operated by EnergyAustralia.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said that this announcement places Australia as a world-leader in battery storage, following grid-scale batteries in South Australia.

“ARENA is excited to be demonstrating the capabilities that these new batteries will provide in securing reliable electricity for western Victoria and to facilitate the Victoria’s transition to renewable energy.

“Battery storage will play a crucial role in the future energy mix, alongside other forms of storage and in conjunction with variable renewables and demand management.”