Work has begun on one of the largest battery storage systems in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Big Canberra Battery project is set to future proof the Territory’s energy supply by reducing the load on its electricity network, supporting more families to switch to reliable renewable energy sources to power their homes.
Already powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, the project is the latest step in the ACT Government’s plan to reduce emissions and provide sustainable energy to Canberra households.
The project will be delivered in three streams. Stream one will deliver 250MW of grid connected battery storage to support the electricity network. Stream two will initially seek to deliver batteries at fourteen government sites to help reduce power used in government buildings and reduce the strain on the distribution network, and stream three will deliver medium sized neighbourhood batteries.
The government sites are spread around the city, with batteries planned for sites in Fyshwick, Gungahlin, Belconnen, Chifley, Greenway, Kambah and Stromlo.
Procurement processes for streams one and two are currently being developed and will open to industry in August 2022.
Once built, the battery will be capable of powering around one-third of the ACT.