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Phillip Island Battery
Community Energy

The foundations for a significant transition to clean locally generated energy.

The plans for the Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS) will offer greater reliability in electricity supply for the Island, especially during peak holiday periods and provide a new world of renewable energy opportunities.

The PICESS will be a permanent installation on the island and will mainly address the need for peak supply during summer and improve the resilience of supply in summer while also being available at other times for other network, market, or community services. This can lead to an improvement in the consistency and reliability of the electricity on the Island. We also plan for this battery to enable new technologies and trials and increase the solar capacity on the island.

Mondo is excited to be supporting the co-design of the future of energy for the residents of Phillip Island and believes in the value of distributed energy resources to support the creation of new energy eco-systems for customers and communities alike.” Jodie Hallam

Totally Renewable Phillip Island

Working with the community

Totally Renewable Phillip Island TRPI was formed during a public forum attended by more than 200 people.  At that gathering, a unanimous decision was made to set a target for 100% renewable energy and to be net-zero carbon by 2030.

Renewable energy

Phillip Island’s first battery energy storage system.

The plans for the Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS) will offer greater reliability in electricity supply for the Island, especially during peak holiday periods and provide a new world of renewable energy opportunities.

Find out more about the project

What is happening next!

Responsibility for the planning approvals for the battery falls to the State Government. The application has been submitted to the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning and includes studies and reports that examine:

  • Ecological and visual impacts,
  • Specific Cultural Heritage,
  • Fire and bushfire plans,
  • Site groundwater movements,
  • Acoustic (noise) considerations, and
  • Geo-technical studies.

People of Phillip Island will be invited to review the planning material during an advertising period. This process also invites people to submit responses to the plan.

 

What type of battery

The PICESS will be a permanent installation on the island and will mainly address the need for peak supply during summer and improve resilience of electricity in summer while also being available at other times for other network, market, or community services. This can lead to an improvement in the consistency and reliability of the electricity on the Island. We also plan for this battery to enable new technologies and trials and enable   increased solar generation capacity on the island. 

Who’s providing the battery

Hitachi ABB Power Grids will be providing the battery energy storage equipment for the PICESS. Hitachi ABB Power Grids are an experienced equipment supplier that has been providing battery storage solutions in Australia for over 30 years/since 1990, with over 500 MW and 200 sites installed globally.

Mondo with TEC-C as a delivery partner will manage the delivery/implementation of the battery solution. TEC-C are experienced in the safe and timely delivery of High Voltage renewable projects with previous experience including projects with batteries, university microgrids, and solar farms.

Working with local Council

Bass Coast Shire Council (Council) is an important partner in the development of the battery and is participating in the planning process for the PICESS. Further, discussions are underway to secure the proposed battery site on the northeast corner of the land recently purchased by Council along Gap Road and some 500 meters from Wimbledon Heights.

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