Federal Nationals’ Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced the NSW Nationals in the federal government are teaming up with AGL to construct a large-scale battery at Broken Hill.
The battery will improve energy security in regional New South Wales and help maintain downward pressure on prices.
A $14.84 million grant through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will enable construction of a 50MW / 50 MWh lithium-ion large scale battery equipped with grid forming inverters to improve system strength and support increased levels of renewable energy generation in the area.
AGL has engaged energy storage provider Fluence and its consortium partner Valmec to supply the battery for the $41 million project.
Mr Coulton said the battery will be a game-changer for Broken Hill.
“It will supplement the Broken Hill solar plant and Silverton wind farm, storing clean power to ensure the lights remain on across town, while also allowing for further expansion of renewables,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Parkes electorate is helping to lead the way when it comes to reducing emissions and delivering new renewables, and this battery project will play a big role in helping to power Broken Hill into the future.”