Groundbreaking ceremony for our Victorian Big Battery in Geelong today with @LilyDAmbrosioMP (thanks for the help!😉). We're rolling up our sleeves💪with our partner @AusNetServices to deliver a 300MW @Tesla battery for next summer ! #sogoodtobebackinVic https://t.co/znnzx0zkzT pic.twitter.com/Uq5dIWA7W0— Neoen Australia (@NEOEN_AU) December 1, 2020
The big battery will have a power capacity of 300MW and a storage capacity of 450MWh, making it more than double the size of the Hornsdale battery (150/194MWh), which was recently expanded to add new synthetic inertia and other key network services to South Australia. Neoen won the right to build the battery through a tender by the Australian energy market operator. Once again, they will partner with Tesla to deliver the highest quality service.
Several approvals are still pending to install the batteries, but these are expected soon. Construction of the large battery will begin in a few weeks.
The Geelong battery will be installed near Moorabool Terminal Station and will be ready by the end of 2021, said D'Ambrosio. It is expected to have enough energy to run about 500,000 homes for half an hour.
The new Victoria battery will be built with 210 Tesla Megapacks with a capacity of 3MWh, which can deliver a major peaking plant four times quicker than traditional fossil fuel projects.
D'Ambrosio also joined the groundbreaking ceremony, and was delighted that the energy will come from renewable energy sources and that Victoria is leading the way in renewable energy investments in Australia.
It will create jobs in construction. It will store solar and wind energy. It shows Victoria is leading the country when it comes to investment in renewables. 2/2— Lily D'Ambrosio MP (@LilyDAmbrosioMP) December 1, 2020
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.