Flow Power gets approval for 100MW Bennetts Creek battery

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Australian ‘gentailer’ Flow Power has announced it will develop the 100MW/200MWh Bennetts Creek Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in the heart of Victorian coal country.

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Flow Power is rapidly expanding its renewable energy projects across eastern Australia and the 100MW/200MWh Morwell BESS is its latest asset to achieve development approval.

The Bennetts Creek BESS is located beside the existing Morwell Terminal Station on Monash Way, in the La Trobe Valley in Victoria’s south-east. It will play a pivotal role in providing renewable energy ‘firming’ for Flow Power’s extensive solar and wind portfolio in Victoria.

“As one of the few Australian energy retailers with a completely renewable generation portfolio, the Bennetts Creek battery project marks a significant milestone for Flow Power,” Flow Power chief operating office Byron Serjeantson said.

Project schematics

“This project will enable us to provide battery-firmed renewables to Victorian energy users through market-leading products capable of linking supply to 100% renewable energy in real time. Since signing Australia’s first commercial and industrial Power Purchase Agreement in Victoria several years ago, Flow Power has continued to develop innovative renewable energy products to suit a broad range of energy users.

“In addition to supporting the local grid, the Bennetts Creek project is working with the local stakeholders through a community benefit scheme, industry engagement and local job creation,” Serjeantson said.

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“Flow Power has consulted extensively with the local community and stakeholders over this project. We would like to thank everyone for their engagement and support to get to this point and look forward to working together to continue to create our renewable energy future.”

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