VIC-TORIOUS: Another big battery record

05.11.20 By

VICTORIA will soon be home to the biggest battery in Australia – and the largest in the southern hemisphere. 

The Climate Council congratulates the Victorian Government’s on its 300 MW big battery announcement, which will create clean jobs, make the state’s electricity system more resilient, and tackle climate change. It is a win-win-win policy.

“At 300MW, this Geelong-based battery will be double the size of the big Tesla battery in South Australia, which was for a time the biggest in the world, and has already saved energy consumers $150 million,” said the Climate Council’s CEO, Amanda McKenzie. 

“Battery prices have fallen 90 percent over the past decade, and wind and solar costs have fallen by a similar amount. This trend is expected to continue,” said Ms McKenzie.

“That is why we’re seeing so many states and territories, like South Australia, the ACT, and New South Wales embrace this technology,” she said. 

“This is a smart economic move by the Victorian Government, which has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 crisis. It will create clean jobs for Victorians, strengthen the state’s clean industries, and lower power bills at a time when households need it most,” she said. 

This announcement comes after economic modelling from the Climate Council found that 20,000 direct jobs can be created in Victoria, rapidly getting people back into the workforce while also tackling climate change.

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