Total Eren - a partnership between fossil fuel majors Total and renewable energy company EREN RE - has been given the go-ahead to build a 100MW (380MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) in Victoria.
According to a statement from the head of Total Eren’s Australian operation Michael Vawser, the Mildura Council has given its approval to the development of the BESS in addition to Total Eren’s planned 200MW Kiamal Solar Farm development in north-western Victoria on an 800-hectare site near the township of Ouyen and approximately 100 kilometres south of Mildura.
Once construction on the Kiamal Solar Farm is completed, it will be the State’s largest solar facility and one of the largest in Australia. The 200MW solar farm is part of the first stage of the entire Kiamal renewable energy project, which has a possible future expansion to up to 350MW.
Project location (source: Kiamal Solar Farm)
With approval already received for the BESS, Total Eren has not yet finalised how much of that capacity is going to be installed during the first stage of the Kiamal development.
Major construction works on the first stage of the Kiamal Solar Farm are expected to commence by the third quarter of 2018 and is projected to be completed by 2019.
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