Work begins on Big Canberra Battery project

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government will provide funding for a battery energy storage system (BESS) rollout in its 2022-2023 budget as part of its Big Canberra Battery project.

The government’s procurement process is already open for the Big Canberra Battery—a three-stage energy storage project through which it aims to get a 250MW grid-connected BESS built, followed by smaller systems at government buildings and neighbourhood batteries for residential communities.

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“We are already powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, and the next step in our plan to reduce emissions and provide sustainable energy to Canberra households is the delivery of one of the largest battery storage systems in the Southern Hemisphere,” ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said.

“The Big Canberra Battery will help future proof the ACT’s energy supply by reducing the load on our electricity network, supporting more families to switch to reliable renewable energy sources to power their homes.

“Stream 1 will deliver 250MW of grid connected battery storage to support the electricity network. Stream 2 will initially seek to deliver batteries at 14 government sites to help reduce power used in government buildings and reduce the strain on the distribution network, and stream 3 will deliver medium-sized neighbourhood batteries.

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“The government sites are spread around the city, with batteries planned for sites in Fyshwick, Gungahlin, Belconnen, Chifley, Greenway, Kambah and Stromlo.”

Procurement processes for streams 1 and 2 are currently being developed and will open to industry in August 2022.

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