Victoria has moved another step closer to adding a new “biggest battery” to its network, after a 240MW/480MWh stand-alone energy storage project proposed by Maoneng for the Mornington Peninsula gained grid connection assessment approval.
Renewables developer Maoneng says it has been given the all clear to connect the proposed Mornington BESS to AusNet’s existing Tyabb substation on the southern part of the Victorian grid.
Maoneng says the big battery, which was cleared for development by the state government in January, is scheduled for completion in early 2024, although a final investment decision is yet to be made.
Once in action, the BESS will draw and store energy from the grid during off-peak periods and dispatch it during periods of peak demand – enough to power the equivalent of 40,000 average Australian homes.
“The Mornington BESS is really coming together,” said Maoneng co-founder and CEO Morris Zhou in a statement.