To borrow an expression from a former Coalition resources minister, battery storage in Australia is as popular as the Kardashians. The good news is that battery storage is proving to be a lot more useful, particularly in supporting the country’s renewable energy transition.
There are now dozens of large scale batteries operating, being built, contracted, seeking development approvals or just being floated as an idea.
In fact, there is probably more than one hundred – not to mention the hundreds of smaller “community” batteries being installed around the grid by local networks to support rooftop solar, and the tens of thousands of batteries being installed in homes and businesses, and being part of “virtual power plants.”
RenewEconomy, in the first of several similar initiatives, has decided to create the first Big Battery Storage Map of Australia. Its official unveiling is today, which just happens to coincide with the announcement of a landmark battery project in the Riverina, announced by Shell, Edify and the NSW government.
We have focused in this map on battery storage projects of 10MW or 10MWh or more, and provided information on each, and photos for those that are already complete.
We have include those that are already operating (there are currently six), those under construction or awaiting commissioning (another six), along with those that are announced (contracts signed or part of a tender), or proposed (gained or seeking planning approval), adding to a total more than 50.
There are many others in the pipeline, and we will add them as the project ideas firm up. If you have any suggested additions, or amendments, please let us know at editor @ reneweconomy.com.au.
In the meantime, please enjoy the map as a handy reference tool.
Please go to: Big Battery Storage Map of Australia