Maoneng receives Mornington Peninsula battery grid connection assessment approval – EQ Mag Pro
Australian renewable energy company Maoneng’s large-scale battery project on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has reached another milestone in its development.
The Australian Energy Market Operator has given Maoneng grid connection assessment approval to connect the standalone 240MWp / 480MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to AusNet’s existing Tyabb substation in the southern part of the Victorian grid.
The Mornington BESS received development approval earlier this year and is scheduled for completion in early 2024. It is expected to generate up to 160 full-time equivalent jobs during its 12-month construction phase, which will support local businesses and the economy.
The BESS will draw and store energy from the grid during off-peak periods and dispatch energy to the grid during peak periods, generating power for the equivalent of 40,000 average Australian homes.
Maoneng Co-founder and CEO Morris Zhou said the grid connection assessment approval was an important step forward for the project.
“The Mornington BESS is really coming together. We now have the assessment approval as well as the development approval, for an asset that will support the Victorian Government’s objective of improving regional electricity reliability,” he said.
“This project is progressing at a time when demand for renewable energy and associated storage capacity is increasing, and we are seeing a lot more interest in battery projects both in Australia and internationally – they are vital to the clean energy transition.”
Maoneng is an Australian-founded and owned company that is pioneering Australia’s transition to 100% renewable energy through cutting-edge solar, battery and other utility-scale energy projects.
Maoneng partners with Australia’s largest utilities and organisations to build and operate these projects. Its portfolio includes nearly 300 MW of generation power from the Sunraysia Solar Farm in NSW and the Mugga Lane Solar Park in the ACT, which is enough to power over 50,000 homes across Australia. The company is also in the process of building more than 1,800 megawatt-hours (MWh) of utility-scale battery energy storage system projects across Australia.