Energy Vault to build BESS at Meadow Creek Solar Farm

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Energy Vault Holdings has been issued a Notice of Award for the deployment of a 250MW/500MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at Meadow Creek Solar Farm in Victoria, Australia.

Developed by Meadow Creek, the 330MW solar farm is located three hours north of Melbourne, Australia, and provides zero-carbon electricity to approximately 110,000 homes in the region.

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Energy Vault will immediately begin the advanced grid studies and modelling with technical advisor DNV, as required by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for interconnected power systems in Australia’s eastern and south-eastern seaboard.

The Meadow Creek Solar Farm has completed extensive work on project feasibility, including grid capacity, and is currently progressing through detailed environmental and technical assessments to support the development application process. The BESS, being co-located with solar PV, will provide the resiliency and flexibility of charge and discharge, essential to shoring up renewable energy supply across the network as Australia adopts AEMO’s Integrated System Plan.

“We are delighted to be selected for this important project in Australia,” Energy Vault vice president of sales and business development (Asia and Pacific) Lucas Sadler said.

“Over the past few months, the new Australian Government has sent a strong mandate to the market to expedite the transition to renewable energy technologies supported by significant state government updates to their clean energy and emissions reduction targets. The Meadow Creek Solar Farm, Hybrid Solar PV and BESS Developments goals are well met with the market release of Energy Vault’s AC and DC block bespoke energy storage solutions for the Australian market. Importantly, this award builds on the significant progress Energy Vault has made over the past year as we bring our transformative energy storage solutions to this important market.”

“The solutions approach Energy Vault conducted with our team has been pivotal in our decision to select the Energy Vault energy storage hardware and software platform,” Meadow Creek Solar Farm development manager Cameron Munro said.

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“Energy Vault’s high energy density design, the option to work with both Central Storage Inverters or the new AC Block and the most advanced Energy Management Software, that enables multiple use cases, optimal economic dispatching and predictive maintenance, bring flexibility and further options when working with our financial and technical partners (DNV and AusNet Services).”

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