Big battery of 100 MW/200 MWh proposed in West Australia
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West Australia is planned to become home to a 100-MW/200-MWh battery storage facility that will help ease the pressure on the states’ power grid as more renewables capacity is added.
The government of the Aussie state made the announcement on Monday, saying that the facility will become the second largest in the country if built. It released a request for information (RFI) for the project on its tender page through Synergy, the largest electricity generator and retailer in the state. RFI submissions are due by October 28, 2020.
The so-called Synergy Big Battery will be installed at Synergy’s decommissioned power station Kwinana. Planned to have bigger than 20 tennis courts, it will be capable of storing electricity for two hours to power 160,000 homes.
Synergy will operate the battery, which could become operational by September 2022, the government said. A final decision on the project will be taken later this year and, if feasible, a contract could be awarded by May 2021.
An initial AUD 15 million (USD 10.8m/EUR 9.2m) in funding for the project has been secured from the Commonwealth government.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.