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Victoria: Dan-the-man’s Power trip

15.06.19. Do we hear and  see ‘tears before bedtime’? Dan-the-Man of Victoriastan stamps his power grid imprimatur on the state’s landscape, and what a stamp it is! Slid silently between the sheets with Tesla has Dan despite its frightening financial condition with the largest battery farm in the Southern hemisphere. Victoria and SA have rolled the dice once more and Elon Musk must be delighted to have their support?
Australia’s largest integrated battery and solar farm was officially opened in Victoria’s north yesterday. 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 is Tesla’s second biggest battery in Australia, after its 100-megawatt lithium ion battery in South Australia, with the capacity to power 16,000 homes.
source: ABC
Australia’s largest solar and battery farm opens in Kerang, improves energy security

Just wait until the skateboard gang see this challenge!
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.
The integrated system has been running since the end of last year and Minister D’Ambrosio said it was crucial during Victoria’s heatwave when a lot of the older energy sources, like the Loy Yang power station in the Latrobe Valley, struggled to function.
“Everyone will remember that in January we had record extreme temperatures, especially in north-western Victoria where there were temperatures of 49 degrees,” she said.
“This battery was still be producing and providing electricity during those really extreme heat temperatures.”
Chief executive of Edify Energy, John Cole, described the battery as a sophisticated piece of equipment that was unlike anything else in Victoria’s energy network.
“The battery can be used to provide strengthening to the network when required, it can store power, and it responds to network issues in milliseconds rather than minutes,” he said.
Boost to small regional economy
Manager for economic development at the Gannawarra Shire Council, Roger Griffith, said the project was great for the small town of about 4,000 people.
“If you look at the positive profile of renewable energy around Kerang, it’s probably a much more positive profile than the town had 25 years ago,” he said.
During the construction phase of the project about 180 people were employed for 10 to 12 months.
“Just the food and provision that the workers consumed while they were working on site, it was in the tens of millions of dollars,” Mr Cole said.
Despite, or perhaps because of, government inaction, consumers and businesses have flocked towards renewable energy, writes Ian Verrender.
He also said the 2,000 solar panels had become a tourism attraction.
“I think I’ve probably seen it 100 times and every time I see it it still amazes me as to the scale and complexity of the project,” Mr Cole said.
In addition, the project has attracted a number of other businesses to the region.
“We have planning permits in pace for eight large-scale solar farms,” Mr Griffith said.
“This is the first, the second one is under construction, and the other six are at various stages of development.
“Once all of those projects hit the ground that’s when we will start to see the real benefit.”
While most of the community were onboard, Mr Griffith said that there was some local opposition to the farm.
“It’s part of change,” he said.
“The world’s changing, the world will continue to change, we can either sit back and watch it change or try and jump in and try and benefit our local economy and community.”

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  • Thunder 15/06/2019, 6:14 am

    Like the “hybrid” cars that can only travel a few kilometres on their “battery power”.

    A taxi driver told me his Toyota Hybrid was good for a mere 10 kms on it’s battery power…..

    Battery power had a run in the early days of cars, but were found to be useless in the Real World of motoring..

  • luk1955 15/06/2019, 8:50 am

    180 jobs for 12 months. Wow, wow,wow. Wouldn’t an economist be awed. Only a politician would be impressed by that. Wonder how many jobs will be created in a few years when the panels deteriorate and have to go to the tip.

    • Aktosplatz 15/06/2019, 9:46 am

      Exactly Luk, another potential massive clearing up and dumping of waste material in these spent panels. Now that is true pollution.

      Isn’t it just sheer madness to waste all this money on such an inefficient , costly system. Coal is much cheaper, and there is no pollution.

      • luk1955 15/06/2019, 10:39 am

        Yes Akto. I visited the Latrobe Valley early 2000s where Vic power generation was going with 4 power plants fueled by coal. It was the greenest area of Victoria I had been to, lots of lush green grass, and trees, and to boot, clear skies. Only the coal mine was brown. So the CO2 and water vapour emissions were boosting the growth of plants and trees to high levels not seen elsewhere in Victoria.

    • Pensioner Pete 15/06/2019, 10:07 am

      Solar panels to the dump is already happening and accelerating as the El Cheapo Chinese panels fail in increasingly large quantities. Not only that, there is not much in the MSM about the increasing number of fires caused by the DC solar systems, in my little outback town alone, two houses have burnt to the ground due to DC solar system fires, in the very recent past.

      If anyone has a DC solar system, this link is worth a read to give them the horrors. Refers: https://safersolar.com.au/what-causes-solar-power-system-fires/

  • Penguinite 15/06/2019, 9:21 am

    Dan should be “charged” with Assault and battery. As BJORN LOMBORG wrote in this mornings Australian “The Great Climate Change Myth” all these dopey spendthrift politicians will be distant memories when their climate change policies fail and need to be scrapped.

  • Lorraine 15/06/2019, 9:27 am

    2000 solar panels a tourist attraction, I have 15 panels on my carport roof and garage, I would not visit Kerang to see more……I pass thru Ararat and surrounds never to visit the ugly wind Farms.

  • Graham 15/06/2019, 2:25 pm

    It can power 16,000 homes……..for about 5 minutes.

    • DT 15/06/2019, 3:17 pm

      But the profit margin for the operators are significant.

      At consumers’ expense, of course.

      And people forget that when the electricity grid was energised by power stations there was no need for back up systems.

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