Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub gets government go-ahead

Rendered image of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub
Image: Equis

The federal government has approved Equis‘ proposed Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub in Plumpton, Victoria, which will be big enough to power more than 1 million households.

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The Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will build the largest battery system in Asia—one of the largest in the world. It will store wind, hydro and solar energy from regional Victoria and includes a 2.4GWh battery.

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub has been engineered to reduce systemic risk and enhance network stability and resilience for the National Electricity Market and will be capable of supporting the safe and reliable development of renewable energy generation across Victoria’s designated renewable energy zones.

The project has been approved following assessment under Australia’s environment law, with strict conditions to protect the local environment and minimise impact to local habitat.

Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek said, “We know renewable energy is cheaper, cleaner, and crucial to helping us cut emissions and reach our goal of net zero by 2050. Projects like this will help us transform our energy system and build it for the future.

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“We’re undoing a decade of political fights that stalled progress and cost the environment. This is what action on climate change looks like—cutting emissions, investing in renewables, and better protecting our environment.”

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