300 MW Victorian Big Battery targets stronger grid and more renewable energy
- Renewable energy
The 300 MW Victorian Big Battery (VBB) is on track to be one of the largest energy storage facilities in the world and will provide a critical boost to the state’s grid security, drive down power prices and support more renewable energy.
The VBB will be powered by Tesla Megapack storage units and is expected to operational for the 2021-22 summer. It is being developed by Neoen, one of the world’s leading independent producers of exclusively renewable energy.
The project is a world-class example of how utility scale batteries can help electricity networks support a higher penetration of renewable energy, providing dispatchable resources that will underpin the increasing share of clean energy expected to power Australia in years to come.
The VBB will also offer grid security services by providing extra capacity during the peak summer months, after Neoen signed a System Integrity Protection Scheme (SIPS) contract with AEMO.
Under the SIPS contract, the VBB will unlock up to an additional 250 MW of peak capacity on the existing Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector. The extra power flowing between the States during the peak summer season will deliver support to the grid at critical times.
Independent analysis by PWC1 found that the SIPS process would deliver total benefits of more than $220 million to Victorian consumers in the next 11 years, including savings on power bills. If gross savings and AEMO costs for the battery are passed on to consumers, the Portland aluminium smelter stands to save about $1 million a year on its electricity bills, while the average industrial Victorian electricity consumer could save about $280,000 a year.
The CEFC has invested $160 million to finance the design, construction and operation of the VBB, as part of its strategic focus on energy storage as a priority technology under the Technology Investment Roadmap.
1 SIPS 2020 Validation business case for Victorian SIPS service by PWC, November 2020
Victoria, Storage, Renewable energy