The Riverina region in south-west NSW will host a 100MW/200MWh lithium-ion battery, developed by Edify, to complement significant renewable generation in the area.

Located in the Murrumbidgee Shire, the Riverina Energy Storage System (RESS) will connect into TransGrid’s network at the Darlington Point substation.

Building on Edify’s success developing, contracting and financing the Gannawarra Energy Storage System, RESS is being developed to meet the requirements of Shell Energy and the NSW Government, with Shell Energy signing a long-term services agreement to access operational rights to a 60MW/120MWh partition of the battery.

This agreement is part of Shell Energy’s long-term retail contract with the NSW Government.

“Energy storage is fast becoming a valued capacity solution for the National Electricity Market, given its fast and precise response,” said Edify CEO John Cole.

Shell Energy CEO Greg Joiner said the long-term services agreement is a model for how large energy users can access dispatchable power like battery storage, which complements renewables, while contributing to a cleaner and more resilient power system.

“Batteries have an important role to play in transitioning to and managing risk in a lower carbon energy future,” he said.