03/12/2021

Work has started on the state’s newest and biggest battery – ensuring the Government of South Australia will continue to deliver cleaner, cheaper, more reliable power for South Australians.

AGL has broken ground on its $180 million, 250 MW battery at Torrens Island, which will form part of the Torrens Island Energy Hub to help support renewable energy generation in South Australia.

The Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan welcomed the start of work on the battery and the benefits it will bring to the state’s energy system.

“AGL’s Torrens Island battery has 66 per cent more power and 25 per cent more storage than the now expanded big battery at Hornsdale,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.

“This project was assisted by a fast-tracked planning process by the South Australian government to provide vital grid security benefits and help accelerate South Australia’s transition to net 100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030.

“AGL’s investment is another step on South Australia’s journey towards net-100 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030 and the thousands of jobs that transition will generate.

“It’s great to see AGL investing in new storage assets to add further stability to our electricity grid.

“Over a 3-day period last week we set a new world record by producing 91% renewable energy.

“AGL’s will be the fifth grid-scale battery in South Australia delivering more reliable, more affordable energy and there are more big batteries in the pipeline.

“It’s great to see construction kick off on AGL’s Torrens Island battery, with this and other grid-scale storage only helping to make energy for South Australians even cleaner, more affordable and more reliable.”

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Sourced from Department for Energy and Mining’s website: SA's newest big battery to support cheaper, more reliable power