Second Big Storage Project Opens in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Last year, French energy company Neoen partnered with Tesla to bring the first large battery storage facility to Australia, the Hornsdale facility in South Australia. Now, it is moving forward with two more projects that involve Tesla Powerpack batteries, one in Gannawarra and another at the Bulgana Green Power Hub, both located in Victoria.The Bulgana facility will support a 194 MW wind farm. “Today marks the commencement of construction of one of the world’s most innovative renewable energy projects,” Neoen Australia boss Franck Woitiez tells RenewEconomy. “It is delivering dispatchable, sustainable and competitive energy to Nectar Farms and Victorian consumers. It shows that energy transition is (happening) now. Coal is a thing of the past.”The Bulgana installation proves how renewable energy can have a positive effect on a local economy. Nectar Farms is Australia’s largest indoor vegetable grower but it was ready to quit the country and move its operations overseas, taking hundreds of jobs with it. But now with the promise of 100% renewable energy available to power its growing activities, it has decided to stay and expand in the area.“This project will make the advanced agriculture facility the world’s first ever crop farm to be completely powered by renewable energy,” says Victoria’s energy minister Lucy D’Ambrosio. “This is an exciting next step in delivering affordable, sustainable and clean energy — creating jobs right across Victoria. We’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the Bulgana Green Power Hub is helping us meet our ambitious renewable energy targets.”The project was made possible when the state of Victoria stepped up and signed a 15-year power purchase agreement that will allow the excess electricity created by the Bulgana facility to be distributed to Victoria residents via the local utility grid.More: Renewable Power Advances In Australia And Germany Second Big Storage Project Opens in Australialast_img