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Australia sees more than AU$1 billion in energy storage investments for four successive quarters, says Clean Energy Council

Financially committed storage projects by energy (MWh), quarterly. Image: Clean Energy Council.

Australia’s Clean Energy Council has signaled that Q1 2024 saw signs of recovery for the nation’s renewable energy generation sector but warned that investment levels must radically increase to achieve 2030 decarbonisation targets.

After some of the lows witnessed across 2023, the organisation’s Renewable Projects Quarterly Report for Q1 2024 published last week signaled that electricity generation projects bounced back, with five projects totaling 895MW of capacity reaching financial commitment – the best quarter since the end of 2022.

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It’s important to note that there are currently 121 generation and energy storage projects that have either secured financial commitment or are currently under construction. This represents 12.3GW of electricity generation capacity and 8.4 GW/18.8GWh of energy storage projects.

Kane Thornton, chief executive of the Clean Energy Council, highlighted the “encouraging signs” of the Australian renewable market moving in a positive direction and on a “road to recovery” aided by landmark commitments by the Federal government.

“Landmark commitments made by the Federal government in recent months have been designed to build certainty for renewable energy investors, which we expect will drive a resurgence for the large-scale generation we need,” Thornton said.

“These results are an encouraging sign that Australia’s clean energy transformation is moving in a positive direction and on the road to recovery.”

Energy storage saw a fourth consecutive quarter in which projects secured financial investment commitments of over AU$1 billion (US$660 million). According to the report, four storage projects, representing 760MW/1,640MWh, received a financial commitment.

The largest of these projects was the 300MW/650MWh Mortlake Power Station Battery in Victoria, which Australian generator-retailer Origin Energy is set to develop. The 100MW/200MWh Mannum Battery Energy Storage System and the 110MW/290MWh Templers Battery Energy Storage System in South Australia also reached financial commitment.

Two energy storage projects also commenced construction in Q1 2024. These include Synergy’s 500MW/2,000MWh Collie Battery Energy Storage System in Western Australia and the 250MW/500MWh Swanbank Battery in Queensland.

Meanwhile, the 50MW/100MWh Bouldercombe Battery was the one storage project which reached commissioning in Q1.

Commenting on the energy storage results, Thornton said: “Investment in large-scale storage continues to be very strong, following a record year in 2023. It is abundantly clear that renewables firmed by storage are the future of Australia’s energy system and investors have a strong appetite for new energy storage projects.”

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