In a new partnership, EnergyAustralia and Edify Energy (Edify) are developing two new battery storage projects to secure reliable electricity supply for customers in New South Wales and boost renewables in the energy sector.
EnergyAustralia and Edify Energy are partnering together on two long-term battery storage services agreements for a combined 90MW/180MWh in Darlington Point, New South Wales.
Under the agreements, EnergyAustralia will have market control of two of the three independent, but co-located projects – the Riverina (65MW/130MWh) and Darlington Point (25MW/50MWh), for at least 10 years.
Edify Energy is a leading developer in renewable energy generation and storage projects, and will oversee the project’s deployment and construction, which utilises Tesla Megapacks.
Due for completion during the summer of 2023/24 and developed on traditional lands of Wiradjuri Country, the Darlington Point and Riverina Battery Energy Storage Systems have the potential to power more than 46,000 homes for two hours of peak demand before being recharged.
Construction will commence later this year on the lithium-ion battery projects, which will bring flexible, dispatchable capacity to the New South Wales market and complement the significant volume of renewable generation in the region.
EnergyAustralia and Edify first came together in 2017 with the offtake agreement for the Gannawarra Solar Farm in Victoria and then again in 2018 to successfully deliver the 25MW/50MWh Gannawarra Energy Storage System (GESS).
Developed by Edify, EnergyAustralia holds the rights to charge and dispatch GESS’ energy into the National Electricity Market.
Managing Director at EnergyAustralia, Mark Collette, said he was pleased to partner once more with Edify Energy on the new battery projects that will help secure the state’s energy future and support more renewables to enter the system.
“Edify Energy is one of the best energy project developers in the country. We are proud of the work we did together on the Gannawarra solar farm and battery in northern Victoria and we look forward to doing it again, this time in the New South Wales Riverina region,” Mr Collette said.
“The Darlington Point and Riverina batteries will be added to our fleet of new flexible capacity projects, which demonstrate we are doing, not just dreaming, when it comes to advancing Australia’s clean energy future.
“These technologies will become the backbone of a modern energy system that will step in and keep the lights on when demand for electricity is high, as well as allow solar energy to be used – even when the sun isn’t shining.”
Chief Executive at Edify, John Cole, said it is great to expand the existing relationship with EnergyAustralia into New South Wales.
“As key infrastructure needed for the energy transition, we are excited to continue to advance the Riverina and Darlington Point Energy Storage System projects,” Mr Cole said.
“EnergyAustralia brings deep experience in the Australian energy market. We are very excited to be harnessing our complementary capabilities, to collaborate with the EnergyAustralia team for a third time.
“Edify will continue to bring energy generation and storage projects to market that advance the dispatchability and resilience of a renewable power system.”
Locals residing in the broader Riverina area interested in hearing more about the battery storage projects can visit the website here.