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December 8, 2021

Neoen begins operations at Victorian Big Battery in Australia

The battery is expected to play a key role in helping the state reach its 50% renewables target by 2030.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

France-based renewable energy company Neoen has begun operations at its 300MW/450MWh Victorian Big Battery in Geelong, Australia.

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Claimed to be one of the world’s largest batteries, the storage facility is built next to the Moorabool Terminal Station in Geelong.

The Victorian Big Battery project was delivered in collaboration with Tesla and AusNet Services.

Tesla deployed its Megapack technology for the project, while AusNet Services served as the network partner.

During unexpected network outages, the battery will respond automatically and immediately to help AEMO ensure grid stability.

The Victorian Big Battery will also take part in Australia’s National Electricity Market and support the expansion of renewable sources in Victoria through fast frequency control network services.

The project created more than 150 jobs during its construction phase, as well as six full-time permanent positions.

Neon achieved financial close for the project in February.

Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said: “We are extremely proud to have delivered the largest battery in Australia in record time.

“With 2GW of projects in our pipeline in Victoria, we are committed to continuing to play our part in Victoria’s renewable energy transition.”

Neoen said that the battery has a 250MW system integrity protection scheme (SIPS) contract in place with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

The scheme was initiated by Victoria’s state government to install up to 250MW of capacity on the existing Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector (VNI) over the next ten years.

Victoria Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said: “The Victorian Government is proud to flick the switch on Australia’s biggest battery, which will help protect our network in summer, support our renewable revolution and slash energy prices.

“Neoen’s battery is a fantastic achievement as Victoria transitions to our legislated targets of 50% renewables by 2030 and net-zero by 2050.”

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