From pv journal Australia

Sydney-based battery developer Agency Energy has been granted improvement consent for the proposed Muswellbrook Battery Vitality Storage System (BESS), a 150 MW/300 MWh standalone battery in New South Wales.

The mission will likely be constructed within the designated Hunter-Central Coast Renewable Vitality Zone (REZ), on land owned and managed by New South Wales community operator Ausgrid. The plan goals to connect with the grid via the present Ausgrid Muswellbrook substation.

The New South Wales authorities has additionally given the inexperienced gentle to Melbourne-based developer ACEnergy to construct the deliberate Aspley BESS about 60 kilometers south of Dubbo within the coordinated Central-West Orana REZ. The mission contains the event of a standalone battery with a capability of as much as 120 MW/240 MWh, and a brand new 132 kV transmission line that may hook up with the present transmission line within the east of the mission space.

ACEnergy expects to achieve monetary shut on the mission early subsequent yr, with the state authorities saying the 2 batteries are anticipated to be operational by the tip of 2025. New South Wales Vitality Minister Penny Sharpe mentioned the batteries will assist steadiness the grid and assist the efficiency and future uptake of renewable vitality within the state.

“Giving these batteries the inexperienced gentle performs an essential position in guaranteeing dependable, renewable vitality throughout [New South Wales],” he mentioned. “The transformation of our vitality system must occur as quickly as attainable. Batteries usually are not solely crucial in supporting our state’s transition to web zero, they may assist us get there as rapidly as attainable.

The state authorities’s Renewable Vitality Roadmap requires not less than 12 GW of renewable vitality era and a couple of GW of vitality storage by 2030 to interchange the state’s getting old coal-fired energy mills.

Sharpe mentioned there are presently 27 giant renewable vitality, transmission traces and storage tasks below evaluation within the New South Wales planning system. If permitted, they may present 9 GW of renewable vitality and 5.5 MW of firming storage.

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