9 August, 2018
Australia is experiencing a significant growth market for the large-scale battery projects to help improve the reliability of the grid. Early this year the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Victorian Government jointly provided $50 million in funding for two large-scale energy storage battery projects in Victoria. This includes the 25MW/50MWh Gannawarra Energy Storage System (GESS), being developed by Edify Energy. The GESS will be integrated with the 50MW existing Gannawarra solar farm located in north-west Victoria.
Wilson Transformer Company (WTC) was awarded a contract to deliver 10 x 2.75MVA 33,000/440V kiosk substations to this project. The padmount substations include the transformer, HV SWGR, form 3B LV protection and monitoring equipment. The products will be used to transfer power stored in battery banks via Tesla inverters.
The substations were designed and manufactured at WTC factory in Wodonga, regional Victoria. This project, along with many others we have been involved in, is crucial for securing local jobs and supporting the local manufacturing industry.