GREENBANK will be home to the state’s largest utility-scale battery.
It will be one of 13 large-scale batteries rolled out across the state, used to grow the state’s energy storage capacity.
The 400 MWh big battery, as they’re known, will be installed, owned and operated by CS Energy, while Powerlink will provide land and connection services at its Greenbank sub-station.
Powerlink will be contacting landholders close to the Greenbank battery site as details of the project are finalised, a government statement said last week.
“Large-scale batteries like the one planned for Greenbank allow us to capture the energy generated by Queenslanders, and best use it for Queenslanders,” state treasurer and Woodridge MP Cameron Dick said.
“These batteries also power progress towards our 50% renewable energy target by 2030.”
Energy minister and Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said energy storage is the key to unlocking Queensland’s renewable energy revolution and driving down power prices.
“The Greenbank battery will be a game-changer in the way we operate the grid and will be critical for soaking up our sunshine and wind to feed into the system when Queenslanders need it,” he said.
“It is part of an innovative partnership between Queensland’s publicly-owned CS Energy and Powerlink, delivering even more reliable, cheaper and cleaner energy for Queenslanders.”
The Greenbank substation has played an important role in regional energy transmission since 2006.
Mr de Brenni said the big battery would grow the state’s storage capacity from 430 megawatts of batteries to 720 megawatts.
Powerlink chief executive Paul Simshauser said the battery would support Powerlink’s important role of guiding the energy transformation in Queensland, while continuing to provide safe, cost effective and reliable transmission services.
“We are very pleased to partner with CS Energy, who already play a key role in our energy industry in this state, and now will be helping to drive Queensland’s energy future,” Mr Simshauser said.
CS Energy CEO Andrew Bills said the Greenbank project marked CS Energy’s ongoing diversification into new energy sources, following its announcement of the Chinchilla Battery earlier this year.
“Adding firm, fast-start generation assets to our portfolio will enable us to more effectively respond to changing demand in the National Electricity Market,” Mr Bills said.