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Switch officially flicked at Kerang

By Country News

Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm was officially opened on Friday.

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio visited the Gannawarra Solar Farm and Gannawarra Energy Storage System, near Kerang, to officially open the 25MW/50MW hour system, which uses a Tesla battery.

‘‘By investing in renewable energy and storage technology, we are continuing to modernise our electricity grid, strengthen our energy security and deliver real action on climate change,’’ Ms D’Ambrosio said.

This is Tesla’s second-biggest battery in Australia and among the largest of its kind in the world — big enough to power 16000 households for two hours during peak demand.

The 7500sqm battery is charged by the solar farm and stores 100 per cent renewable energy, to be injected into Victoria’s electricity grid at key times.

As well as storing and quickly releasing energy, the battery will also help integrate new renewable energy into the grid.

The battery has been operating since last summer, providing extra power during the extreme heat events of late January by exporting 80MW hours of stored energy to the grid.

Kerang was not the only location in Victoria to receive funding for a storage battery, with Ballarat’s also operating since last summer.