Queensland to transform former coal plant with $330 million Tesla Megapack system

Australia is soon going to be home to another massive battery energy storage system (BESS) powered by Tesla Megapacks, which when complete will be one of the largest BESS in Queensland.

Located at the site of the former Swanbank B coal-fired power plant, just outside the city of Ipswich, the $330 million Swanbank Battery project will deliver 250MW/500MWh of energy storage capacity, transforming the old coal plant site into a hub for clean energy. (via RenewEconomy)

The Swanbank Battery is designed to harness solar energy generated across local rooftops, storing enough power to supply more than two-thirds of Ipswich for two hours each evening during peak demand periods.

The project will be spearheaded by Queensland’s publicly owned utility, CleanCo, in collaboration with Tesla and Yurika, forming a cornerstone of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub as part of a strategic pivot from fossil fuels to sustainable energy solutions.

The project is set to bolster the local economy, creating approximately 60 jobs during its construction phase and up to 10 full-time positions once operational.

The introduction of the Swanbank Battery is a critical step towards the Queensland state government achieving its renewable energy targets, aiming for 70% renewables by 2032 and reaching a newly legislated goal of 75% by 2035.

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