January 29 (Renewables Now) - Australian utility AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL) will be buying power from a 100-MW/150-MWh battery facility that Singapore’s Vena Energy plans to install in Queensland.
Vena Energy Australia, a unit of the Singapore-based renewables developer, will build, own and maintain the energy storage system. AGL, meanwhile, will have full operational dispatch rights under a 15-year contract, the duo said on Wednesday.
The planned Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be installed near Wandoan, in the state’s Western Downs region, at a cost of AUD 120 million (USD 81.1m/EUR 73.7m). Once operational, it will be able to store as much power as up to 57,000 average homes consume, ranking as Queensland’s largest grid-scale battery.
The battery will store excess solar power and release it when AGL’s 453-MW Coopers Gap wind farm and other renewable energy plants are not generating.
Construction will begin soon, Vena Energy said. The company explained this will be the initial step of a larger plan, called the Wandoan South Project, under which it plans to install 1,000 MW of solar and 450 of battery storage capacity in Queensland.
The contract fits AGL’s strategy to develop or contract flexible storage and generation to support the transition from coal generation to renewables, the power producer’s CEO Brett Redman noted.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.676/EUR 0.614)