Construction begins on Neoen’s 100MW Capital Battery

Construction site at Neoen's Capital Battery
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Neoen has commenced construction of its 100MW/200MWh Capital Battery located next to TransGrid’s Queanbeyan substation in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The ACT is an internationally recognised 100 per cent renewable electricity jurisdiction, focused on reaching net-zero emissions by 2045. 

The company committed to building a 50MW large-scale battery in the nation’s capital as part of its winning bid in ACT Government’s 2020 renewable energy auction, in which it was awarded a 14-year contract to supply 100MW of wind energy from Stage 1 of Goyder Renewables Zone.

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In response to the emerging market for battery services, Neoen has decided to increase the size of the Capital Battery to 100MW/200MWh. Early construction works have commenced with the battery expected to start operating in the first half of 2023.

The investment is designed to help modernise and stabilise the ACT grid with the battery capable of performing multiple roles including firming renewables, providing frequency services and transmission network support. In line with Neoen’s develop-to-own business model, the company will be the long-term owner and operator of the project and once operational will launch a Community Co-investment Scheme, providing residents of the ACT and Capital region with an opportunity to become financial stakeholders in the project. 

The Capital Battery takes Neoen’s Australian battery storage portfolio to 576MW in operation or under construction, cementing its position as the country’s leading owner and operator of big batteries. Neoen also owns and operates the recently completed 300MW/450 MWh Victorian Big Battery in Geelong, and the 150MW/193.5MWh Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia. The project takes Neoen one step closer to its goal of having at least one large-scale battery operating in each state of Australia’s National Electricity Market.

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Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said, “We are excited to get started on our first project to be built in Canberra, where many of Neoen’s team are based, where all our Australian operating assets are managed from and where we are proud to consider ourselves part of the community.

“We now have a large-scale battery in three of the five states of the National Electricity Market. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the ACT Government for their commitment to accelerating the transition to net zero emissions as well as to Doosan and TransGrid for their hard work and commitment which has enabled the Capital Battery to reach the start of construction.”