Victoria to switch to Tesla battery power in time for summer 2019 [Video]

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Entrepreneur Elon Musk will expand his involvement in Australian energyHis company Tesla will provide a battery to store power in western VictoriaThe state and federal governments have agreed to share the $50million costBy Ben Hill For Daily Mail Australia Published: 19:48 EDT, 21 March 2018 |...

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  • Entrepreneur Elon Musk will expand his involvement in Australian energy
  • His company Tesla will provide a battery to store power in western Victoria
  • The state and federal governments have agreed to share the $50million cost

Ben Hill For Daily Mail Australia

Entrepreneur Elon Musk‘s investment in Australian energy is set to expand, with two huge batteries due to be connected to the power grid in Victoria in time for summer next year.

The lithium-ion batteries will be built near Ballarat and Kerang in Victoria’s west and will store solar and wind-generated energy, The Age reported.

They will have a combined generation capacity of 55MW, giving them more than half the power of the 100MW Tesla battery already in South Australia.

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's involvement in Australian energy is set to expand, with two huge batteries due to be connected to the power grid in Victoria in time for summer next year

Entrepreneur Elon Musk's involvement in Australian energy is set to expand, with two huge batteries due to be connected to the power grid in Victoria in time for summer next year

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s involvement in Australian energy is set to expand, with two huge batteries due to be connected to the power grid in Victoria in time for summer next year

The lithium-ion batteries will be built near Ballarat and Kerang in Victoria's west and will store solar and wind-generated energy (Adelaide battery pictured)

The lithium-ion batteries will be built near Ballarat and Kerang in Victoria's west and will store solar and wind-generated energy (Adelaide battery pictured)

The lithium-ion batteries will be built near Ballarat and Kerang in Victoria’s west and will store solar and wind-generated energy (Adelaide battery pictured)

Western Victoria has been identified as having a ‘vulnerable’ power network. 

The federal and state governments have agreed to share the total $50million cost of the project. 

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said the batteries will lead to lower power bills and greater reliability.

‘They will not only allow currently unused renewable energy to be stored instead of wasted, but also inject electricity into the grid at times of peak demand in an area known for transmission congestion,’ Mr Frydenberg said.

‘Together, they will help lower power prices and stabilise the grid.’

Musk’s company Tesla will supply the battery in Tesla which whill be connected to Victoria’s largest solar farm in Gannawarra, while another battery in Ballarat will be supplied by energy company Fluence.

The batteries are set to be ready in time for the Victorian summer in 2019

The batteries are set to be ready in time for the Victorian summer in 2019

The batteries are set to be ready in time for the Victorian summer in 2019

One of the batteries will be big enough to power 20,000 homes for an hour during peak periods. 

Australian Renewable Energy Agency chief executive Ivor Frischknecht said the batteries will allow for a smoother transition to renewable energy.

Victoria has set renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020.

Batteries can store renewable energy and then use it when required – meaning solar power can be dispatched at night and wind energy can be delivered when there is no wind. 

Musk's company Tesla will supply the battery in Tesla which whill be connected to Victoria's largest solar farm in Gannawarra

Musk's company Tesla will supply the battery in Tesla which whill be connected to Victoria's largest solar farm in Gannawarra

Musk’s company Tesla will supply the battery in Tesla which whill be connected to Victoria’s largest solar farm in Gannawarra

 

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