60 MW Gannawarra solar power plant north of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria received a 25 MW/50 MWh Tesla grid-scale battery. This makes the facility the largest in the country to be retrofitted with a storage battery.
The battery is owned by Australia’s renewables developer Edify Energy and Germany’s Wirsol and operated by EnergyAustralia under a long-term power purchase agreement.
Both batteries were paid for by a $50 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the government of Victoria, with each contributing $25 million.
The Gannawarra battery installation was commissioned ahead of schedule and has begun operating after passing all of its installation checks.
Renewable energy coupled with battery storage makes more economic sense and is more resilient than conventional methods of generating and distributing electricity.