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NSW launches largest long-duration storage tender

Qld battery, long-duration storage

New South Wales has launched the largest energy storage tender in its history.

The tender seeks new long-duration storage projects that will ensure a steady and reliable supply of energy around the clock.

These projects are expected to play a pivotal role in the NSW Government’s transition to renewable energy.

The aim is to deliver reliable and affordable power to households and businesses while driving down emissions to meet net zero targets.

The new NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap Tender 5, now open, offers financial support for up to 1 gigawatt of projects. These projects can each release energy into the NSW grid for at least eight hours.

The energy stored within 1 gigawatt of 8-hour long-duration storage is equivalent to the daily energy consumption of around 505,000 households.

This tender will bring NSW closer to its target of 2 gigawatts of new long-duration storage by 2030.

Long-duration storage allows renewable energy such as solar and wind to be stored and then released on demand when needed. Potential projects could include pumped hydro, batteries, compressed air storage, and other technologies.

“Opening this tender for long duration storage projects and access to a second Renewable Energy Zone are milestones in the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap,” Penny Sharpe, NSW’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy, said.

“They will deliver projects that ensure NSW has enough renewable energy generation and storage when coal-fired power stations retire. They also give certainty to investors and communities.

“Long-duration storage is a key part of our future energy system, ensuring we have power when we need it.”

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