NSW’s largest battery system now fully operational

Aerial photo of the Riverina Battery Energy Storage System at sunrise (largest)
Riverina BESS (Image: Edify/Federation)

Federation Asset Management and Edify Energy have celebrated NSW’s largest and most advanced battery system—the 150MW/300MWh Riverina and Darlington Point Energy Storage Systems (Riverina BESS)—becoming fully operational, importing and exporting electricity at full capacity.

The facility consists of three independent but co-located units with its output contracted to Shell Energy and EnergyAustralia for 10 years.

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Designed and developed by Edify, the Riverina BESS utilises Tesla Megapacks, one of the most cutting-edge battery systems within the National Electricity Market (NEM). The Megapack systems are fitted with state-of-the-art grid-forming inverters, operating in a ‘virtual synchronous generator’ mode. The battery’s output is sufficient to supply 240,000 homes with two hours of electricity at peak times.

Riverina BESS is a collaboration between Federation and Australian sustainable energy specialist Edify, with Federation owning a 90% interest in the project, and Edify owning the 10% balance as well as long term operational asset management of the facility.

Edify CEO John Cole said, “The potential for battery storage technology is immense. It is a key part of the clean energy transition and goes hand in glove with harnessing and firming Australia’s abundant renewable resources. This new system in the Riverina elevates the playing field with innovative firming technology ironing out the variable output of wind and solar, delivering affordable and reliable electricity to NSW homes and businesses.

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“Rapid and urgent acceleration of renewable energy is critical if we are going to reach our carbon reduction targets. Advanced power electronics technology is key to addressing our energy challenges. Edify is proud to lead the thinking and, ultimately development and delivery of projects and solutions that meet the energy market’s need.

The Riverina BESS is located on Wiradjuri Country, the largest Aboriginal Nation in New South Wales.

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