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Victoria is one step closer to adding a new “biggest battery” to its network, after a 240MW/480MWh project proposed by Maoneng for the Mornington Peninsula was cleared for development by the state government.

Australian solar and now storage developer, Maoneng, said on Wednesday that the $190 million Mornington battery energy storage system (BESS) had received development approval and was on track for completion in mid-2023.

The standalone BESS will be located next to AusNet’s existing Tyabb substation, about 67km east of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula, where Maoneng says is will cater to fluctuations in demand driven by seasonal tourism.

Maoneng says the Mornington battery will draw and store energy from the grid during off-peak periods and dispatch it back to the grid during times of peak demand, generating power for the equivalent of 40,000 average Australian homes.

Once built, the Mornington BESS is on track to assume the mantle of the biggest grid-connected battery in Victoria, surpassing Neoen’s 300MW/450MWh Victorian Big Battery, near Geelong which kicked into full gear in the first week of December, 2021.

[Sophie Vorrath]

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