In March 2018, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio, announced the two projects to be funded under Victorian Government’s $25 million Energy Storage Initiative .

The projects will deliver large-scale energy storage to enhance the reliability of our grid and unlock economic growth in areas experiencing network constraints.  It will positively shift Victoria's energy system to be ready for our modern electricity future.

Find out more about large-scale batteries in the information sheet or media release.

The Projects

Two projects have been selected to deliver large scale batteries at two different locations in western Victoria:

Warrenheip (close to Ballarat)

Spotless Sustainability Services will lead a consortium to build a 30 megawatt (MW) / 30 megawatt hour (MWh) battery at the Ballarat Terminal Station. The project will connect directly to an integral part of the grid. This project will provide crucial power supply, frequency control, and back-up services to support the network.

The battery system will be supplied by Fluence, owned by AusNet Service, and operated by EnergyAustralia.

See Spotless Sustainability Services' website for more information

Gannawarra (near Kerang)

Edify Energy will lead a consortium to build a 25 megawatt (MW) / 50 megawatt hour (MWh) battery integrated with the Gannawarra Solar Farm. This will be the largest integrated battery and solar farm in the Australia, and among the largest in the world. The battery will be able to store renewable energy generated on site.

The battery will be a Tesla Powerpack system, jointly owned by Edify Energy and Wirsol Energy, and operated by EnergyAustralia.

See Edify Energy’s website for more information

Key Dates

Projects announced and construction commencesMarch 2018
Completion of projects (construction and commissioning complete)Late 2018

Any enquiries should be directed to energystorage@delwp.vic.gov.au