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New Battery Energy Storage System Will Reinforce Alice Springs as the Solar Capital of Australia

09 Nov 2018 1:30 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

Minister for Renewables and Essential Services Dale Wakefield today launched the new $8.3 million 5MW Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). 

The BESS will help to support cheaper and cleaner power for Territorians and is an important step forward in achieving the Territory Labor Government’s target of 50% renewable energy by 2030. 

The Government-owned Territory Generation’s new battery will provide reliable, secure, and cost-effective electricity supply for Territorians and for business. It is also one of the largest grid-connected storage solutions in Australia. 

During high solar penetration periods such as in the middle of the day, solar can currently supply up to 40% of the Alice Springs power needs. It is projected that BESS will support an increase of this supply up to 50%. 

Other features of the new 5MW battery include: 

•        Provide a near-instant response to variations in solar load, particularly during cloud cover, and it will improve power generation reliability for the region 

•        The system has a 5MW capacity, combined with 40 minutes of storage capability, and it is capable of flexing to 8MW for six seconds and 7.5MW for 60 seconds 

It is projected that the $8.3 million investment for the battery system will be recouped in four to five years due to efficiency improvements.

The battery system has already provided power into the grid through its rigorous testing and by the end of November it will be fully integrated into the Alice Springs power system.

Since the release of the Roadmap to Renewables Report some of the Territory Labor Government’s other key investments include:

• $40 million private sector investment in the Katherine Solar Farm project that will be the largest renewable energy generator in the Northern Territory. This solar project will increase renewable energy use in the Territory and provide enough power for 8,000 homes 

• $59 million joint investment with ARENA for the Solar SETuP program providing 10MW of solar across 25 remote communities. This program is nearing completion. It will also reduce diesel use and take trucks off the roads

• $4.5 million for co-contribution grants of up to $1000 for households to undertake energy efficiency measures such as installation of solar-photovoltaic (PV) systems, batteries, solar pool pumps, smart meters, efficient lighting, solar hot water, energy efficient appliances, and efficiency audits 

• $750,000 to Power and Water to develop and validate a dynamic system model which will ensure that increasing levels of renewable energy can be integrated into the grid in a stable and predictable way

Quotes from Minister for Renewables & Essential Services, Dale Wakefield 

“The Territory Labor Government’s number one priority is creating local jobs. Delivering 50% renewables by 2030 will deliver local jobs, and cheaper, cleaner power.

“We are investing in Alice Springs to achieve our renewable energy target and become the Solar Capital of Australia. The new Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System is an important piece of infrastructure that will enable us to integrate more renewables, and provide increased reliability of supply to homes and businesses in Alice Springs.”

Quotes from Territory Generation CEO, Tim Duignan  

“Territory Generation’s Battery Energy Storage System will provide near-instantaneous response to changes in solar load, such as cloud cover.

“Reliability and stability of base load power is a critical barrier in the uptake of renewable energy across Australia, and I am pleased that we are at the forefront of tackling this issue right here in Alice Springs.  

“The cutting-edge technology in our Battery Energy Storage System will reinforce Alice Springs as the solar capital of Australia by enabling greater solar penetration and grid stability.”

Media Contact: Paige Nguyen 0428 727 244

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