Australia’s largest solar and battery farm opens in Kerang, improves energy security
The 50-megawatt battery system just outside of Kerang stores 100 per cent renewable energy and feeds directly into the state’s electricity grid. It [has] the capacity to power 16,000 homes.
Victoria’s Energy Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, said it was a huge step towards the government’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. ‘It’s producing clean, renewable energy from a really important natural resource that exists in north-western Victoria, and that is the sun’, Ms D’Ambrosio said.
Source: ABC News
- 16,000 might sound like a large number to , but it is LESS THAN ONE PER CENT of the 2.5m homes in Victoria.
- Ms. D’Ambrosio’s “huge step” of 50 MW is less than 1% of Victorian electricity demand at this time, which is 5057 MW (see picture).
- The sun shines in many places on earth, not just North-Western Victoria and it also shone 15-50 million years ago during the Carboniferous era, when Victoria’s brown coal was formed.