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Australia to co-fund Victorian battery

Artist's impression of the new battery site

The Australian government will help fund Victoria’s large-scale batteries.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will match the Victorian government’s A$25 million (US$19.2 million) contribution to build two grid-connected batteries as part of the state’s energy security initiative.

The batteries will be able to store around 80 MWh of power.

“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,” said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.

“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,” he added.

A 25-MW/50-MWh battery will be built by Tesla near the 60-MW Gannawarra solar farm near Kerang. A second 30-MW/30-MWh will be built by Fluence at the Ballarat terminal station.

The batteries will help support the state’s electricity system and integrate renewable electricity into the power system.

Source: ARENA

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