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Tilt Renewables is proposing to install a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) located adjacent to the existing Morwell Terminal Station (MWTS), just south of the City of Morwell in Victoria, Australia.

Project Details

The Victorian Government is encouraging development of large-scale energy storage facilitates as part of the Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP). The REAP outlines key actions being undertaken to encourage investment in the renewable energy sector to achieve the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) of 40 percent by 2025.

Storing energy generated from renewable sources will help maintain reliable and affordable energy supply, especially in times of peak demand and help reduce the frequency of blackouts and the need for load shedding in instances of supply imbalance.

The Latrobe Valley BESS will involve construction and operation of up to two separate BESS sites with an indicative output of 203 MW / 812 MWh.

Key ancillary infrastructure will include construction of operations and maintenance (O&M) buildings (that includes storage and site offices), access track connecting the BESS sites to the PineGrow intersection with Monash Way and permanent site carparking.

The Project will further involve connection upgrade works within the MWTS, connecting to the BESS sites via an underground connection.

Installation of up to two 66 kV transformers will either be within the BESS sites or the MWTS.

Planning and Environment

Tilt Renewables has lodged a planning permit application for the Latrobe Valley BESS with the Minister for Planning. As part of this planning permit application, we have addressed environmental considerations relevant to the Project’s location and nature of the BESS development, including:

  • Flora and Fauna
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Hydrology / Surface Water
  • Landscape and Visual Impact
  • Noise
  • Traffic
  • Environmental Management

On 16 November 2020, Planning Scheme Amendment VC192 was gazetted, making the Minister for Planning the Responsible Authority for BESS Projects of this nature. We are also committed to ongoing consultation with the Latrobe City Council as the Project progresses and have sought their feedback on our approach to the planning permit application and accompanying enivronmental assessments.

Community

Tilt Renewables is committed to open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders, with an aim to build and enhance community acceptance and trust in all projects and in the renewable energy industry as a whole.

We are committed to giving back to and enhancing our host communities by sharing the benefits of all our projects, including the Latrobe Valley BESS.

For the Latrobe Valley BESS, we are currently investigating how best to share the benefits of the Project with the community, with key focus areas to include support towards education and training programs.

Employment

The Project will create approximately 150 direct and 240 indirect full time equivalent jobs during construction and approximately 7 direct and 20 indirect full time equivalent jobs during operations.

Goods and Services Register

Anyone interested in supplying local services or gaining employment is encouraged to register their interest by completing the Goods and Services Register form here.

News and Updates

This section contains the most up to date FAQs on the Latrobe Valley BESS.

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Contact Details

For further information on the Latrobe Valley BESS please contact the project team on 1800 WE TILT (938 458) or via email at latrobevalleybess@tiltrenewables.com.

Tilt Renewables is committed to managing complaints in a transparent and professional manner. Complaints if not handled correctly can undermine trust built with key stakeholders and the community, resulting in significant cost through damage to reputation, fines or operational restrictions imposed by regulatory authorities. Complaints can also however provide an opportunity to improve the way that we conduct our business.

Tilt Renewables has a Complaints Handling Procedure that outlines how it will receive and handle complaints. All reporting, monitoring and evaluation associated with complaints management for the project will be in accordance with this procedure.

If you have a complaint, please contact us at complaints@tiltrenewables.com or on 1800 306 118.