$5 million for new Tesla battery farm
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced a $5 million funding package to Infigen to install a 25MW / 52MWh Tesla battery at the Lake Bonney Wind Farm in South Australia.
The new funding forms part of $38 million project is also supported by the South Australian Government with a $5 million grant under its Renewable Technology Fund.
The grid scale battery will be built adjacent to Infigen’s existing 278.5MW wind farm.
Infigen will build and operate the facility which will be connected to grid via the Mayurra substation, near Mount Gambier in the state’s south east.
The battery will deliver flexible capacity and system security services, such as Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS), to the electricity grid in South Australia.
ARENA Chief Executive Officer Ivor Frischknecht said battery storage was increasingly becoming a key component of transitioning to an energy system powered by renewables.
“It is clear that grid scale batteries have an important role in stabilising the grid,” he said.