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Green light for VIC battery

Qld emissions target

Origin has been given the green light to develop a new 300MW battery in Victoria’s Mortlake.

First announced in late 2022, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide up to $24 million in funding to the project.

The battery, situated near the existing Mortlake Power Station, will provide grid forming and stability services to the region’s wind and solar farms.

Fluence has been appointed as the EPC contractor and will utilise grid forming inverters supplied by SMA.

“As traditional forms of energy generation are phased out, new clean technologies are required to take their place,” ARENA chief executive officer Darren Miller said.

“Large scale batteries can play a significant role in providing system stability services, particularly when fitted with advanced grid forming inverters.”

Miller said ARENA’s funding has been integral to creating smarter batteries with this technology.

“This is the fifth project to have been committed under the Funding Round, with three more to go across Australia,” he said.

“The decision to proceed by Origin further highlights the increased confidence in grid-forming inverter technology and the strong market incentives driving investment in battery storage.”

The battery is expected to be commissioned in late 2026.

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