Lismore BESS will involve the development of a utility-scale battery energy storage system near Lismore in northern New South Wales; the Lismore BESS will have a capacity of 100MW which will connect into the Lismore 330kV transmission substation. The project will be completed in one stage.
The Lismore BESS would provide the following benefits, specific to Australia’s commitments
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions required to meet our clean energy transition
Additionally, the proposal would allow for the:
- Provision of embedded electricity generation, to supply into the Australian grid closer to the main consumption centres
- Provision of social and economic benefits, through the provision of direct and indirect employment opportunities during construction and operation of the project
The Lismore BESS site is located around 12 km south-west of the Lismore town centre and around 13 km east of Casino, within the Lismore City Council Local Government Area (LGA). The site is located bordering the Lismore 330kV transmission substation to the south.
The Lismore BESS site consists of leased land on which approximately 1.5 hectares of land will be used to develop the project. Below is a preliminary layout based on the technical assessment and consultation undertaken to date.
This preliminary layout provides for a 100MW/200MWh BESS; the capacity of the project is based on the available capacity at the Lismore 330kV transmission substation that the project will connect to. The project is a standalone BESS which will charge and discharge from the National Electricity Market and will NOT have a generation component like a solar or wind farm.
Given the project’s capital cost, its development application will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE).
In this context, a Scoping Report for the Lismore BESS has been lodged with DPIE in September 2021.
Once the Scoping Report is assessed, DPIE will issue SEARs which will outline the requirements for an Environmental Impact Assessment.:
- Studies undertaken will include
- Heritage (including Aboriginal heritage);
- Visual amenity;
- Noise assessment;
- Hazard assessment;
- Soils and water;
- Traffic assessment;