We’re developing a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) within the existing Altona Terminal Station in Laverton North.
A BESS is designed to store energy from different sources, such as wind and solar, and then release it when needed. This will support grid stabilisation and backup power services, enabling a smoother transition to a renewable energy future.
Once installed, the battery will hold enough energy in reserve to power approximately 80,000 homes for two hours.
What does the project involve?
The project involves the development of a 100-megawatt (MW) / 200 megawatt per hour (MWh) battery and construction of new assets inside the terminal station to connect the BESS to the electricity grid.
Design has started for this project and we anticipate applying for planning approval within the second quarter of 2023, with construction earmarked for 2024.
The BESS will be located on vacant land within the Altona Terminal Station near Cherry Lane and close to existing electricity infrastructure. This allows the battery to be easily connected to the electricity grid.
Why do we need a BESS?
BESS’ play an important role in Victoria’s transition to renewable energy. They also support grid-stabilisation which is vital to maintaining a reliable energy supply. They also:
- store excess power generated and provide it back to the grid during high demand
- provide bursts of power to stabilise the electricity network
- provide back-up power when needed
- encourage and prepare the network for more solar and wind generation
- modernise the energy network so it can handle increased renewables generation.
For more information about BESS, see Battery Energy Storage System.
We’ll update this page and keep neighbours and the community informed throughout this project’s development.
We'd like to hear from you
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please call us 0491 801 932 or email BESSprojects@ausnetservices.com.au.