Construction begins on Victoria’s Latrobe Valley Battery

Rendered image of the Latrobe Valley BESS (battery)
Render of the Latrobe Valley BESS

Construction has commenced on the Latrobe Valley Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project, with the Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio in attendance at an event onsite.

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AusNet CEO David Smales said, “AusNet’s transmission expertise, local knowledge and experience delivering grid connections and transmission assets means we are ideally placed to deliver this supporting infrastructure.

“We have a long-standing presence in the Latrobe Valley community, supporting customers and stakeholders via energy connections and throughout our distribution network, and more broadly through the energy transition,” Smales said.

AusNet has worked with Tilt Renewables to successfully deliver connections for other projects such as the Salt Creek and Dundonnell Wind Farm projects, and looks forward to now working with Tilt on this BESS initiative.

The Latrobe Valley Battery will be developed by Tilt Renewables and will be built, serviced, and maintained by Fluence under a 20-year long-term service agreement.

The battery will use Fluence’s Gridstack grid-scale energy storage product.

Tilt will also use Fluence’s AI-powered bidding software, Mosaic, and asset performance management software, Nispera.

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AusNet’s connection works are due to be completed by December 2024, with the BESS to be energised in early 2025.

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