The Victorian Big Battery, the biggest battery storage installation in Australia, and one of the biggest in the world, has been officially opened and is now operating at full capacity, just 12 months after being awarded its landmark contract.
The 300MW/450MWh facility, which will play a key role in keeping the lights on in Victoria, particularly in high demand periods in summer, was officially opened on Wednesday by its owners Neoen and state energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio.
The project was completed on time despite a set back in late July when – during initial testing – fire broke out in one of the more than 200 Tesla Megapack containers and spread to another container. Construction continued but testing was delayed as the cause of the fire was investigated.
“We are extremely proud to have delivered the largest battery in Australia in record time,” said Louis de Sambucy, the head of Neoen Australia. “It’s quite an achievement.