SOUTH AUSTRALIA is a step closer to unveiling the largest lithium ion battery storage facility in the world, after awarding the tender to Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen today.
Climate Council Chief Councillor, Professor Tim Flannery, said South Australia was leading the charge on Australia’s transition to renewable energy and storage technology, moving away from polluting, expensive and inefficient fossil fuels.
“South Australia is tackling climate change head-on and should be congratulated for its innovation and leadership as it transforms our energy system into one that’s clean, affordable, efficient and secure.”
The giant battery will store power from South Australia’s wind farms, while ensuring that families and businesses can access cheap and reliable renewable energy 24/7.
The biggest battery storage facility in Australia forms part of the South Australian Government’s $550 million plan to secure its energy future.
“South Australians are witnessing first hand how swiftly this technology can be built and used, with the battery expected to be up and running this summer.
“South Australia joins the likes of California as a world leader in demonstrating how renewable energy and storage technologies can power our economy cheaply and cleanly.”
South Australia’s announcement is set to kick off a commercial battery boom around the country, with Victoria and Queensland announcing similar storage tenders.
Professor Flannery called on the Federal Government to encourage further investment in the renewable energy and storage sectors in order to drastically and urgently cut pollution in line with climate science.
“Renewables like wind and solar are now the cheapest power source available. We need to roll out this technology swiftly in a bid to tackle climate change.”
For more information please contact Climate Council Media Advisor Alexia Boland on 0430 511 068 and [email protected].