Shell Energy and Edify Energy are to build big 100MW, two hour battery storage facility in the Riverina region of NSW in a landmark electricity supply agreement with the state government.
Shell has won a $3.2 billion contract to supply the electricity needs for the state government – hospitals, schools and other buildings, and it appears that the proposed construction of the 100MW/200MWh solar farm next to Edify’s Darlington Point solar farm was a key factor in winning the tender.
The lithium-ion Riverina Energy Storage System (RESS) will be built by Edify alongside its 333MW Darlington Point solar farm, where it will connect into TransGrid’s network at the Darlington Point Substation.
Shell has signed a contract with Edify for a 60MW/120MWh component of the Riverina battery as part of its “firming” offer for the NSW electricity contract, which services hospitals, schools and buildings.
“Energy storage is fast becoming a valued capacity solution for the National Electricity Market, given its fast and precise response,” said John Cole, the CEO of Edify, which built Australia’s first big battery to be located next to a solar farm, the 25MW/50MWh Gannawarra Energy Storage System in Victoria.
[Giles Parkinson and Sophie Vorrath]