Construction commences on the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub

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Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan and Minister for State Electricity Commission Lily D’Ambrosio have turned the first sod for the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub.

The State Electricity Commission (SEC) is investing $245 million into the Hub, enabling construction to begin immediately and supporting one of the project’s battery components to double in size.

“We’re building critical energy projects under the SEC — investing in our grid so household bills go down for every Victorian with cheaper and more reliable renewable energy across the state,” Premier Allan said.

The Hub will be built in collaboration with renewable energy investor Equis Australia and will consist of three battery components totalling 600 megawatts. When finished, the Hub will provide 1.6 gigawatts of energy storage.

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“Equis is excited to partner with Victoria’s SEC to develop the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub. Without this partnership, this project would not be going ahead at this scale and capacity today,” Equis Managing Director David Russell stated.

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub is set to commence operations by 2025, utilising excess rooftop solar and grid surplus energy to meet Victoria’s increasing power needs.

According to the Victorian Government, the project is crucial for meeting the State’s energy storage demand and the goal of 2.6 gigawatts by 2030 and 6.3 gigawatts by 2035.

Minister D’Ambrosio said, “The investment is a huge step forward in increasing Victoria’s renewable storage capacity — which is critical to meeting our nation leading targets of 95 per cent renewable energy generation by 2035.”

Victoria aims to achieve 95% renewable energy generation by 2035, requiring large-scale storage capacity for solar and wind projects to reduce household bills and store renewable energy.

The project will also support energy production from the SEC’s wind and solar projects, including the VRET 1, 2 and Bulgana contracts.