Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub, a globally significant investment in Australia's energy transition

With approval for a 2.4 GWh of energy storage and a 12.5MW co-located solar farm, Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will be one of the biggest batteries in the world and capable of servicing up to 2,200,000 households for two hours.

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub has been engineered to reduce systemic risk and enhance network stability and resilience for the National Electricity Market and will be capable of supporting the safe and reliable development of renewable energy generation across Victoria’s designated renewable energy zones.

Melton, Victoria

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will store renewable energy for use in Melbourne when it is needed and also absorb excess roof-top solar from Victorian homes as it flows back into the transmission grid.

The project is designed with innovative inverter technology to support the transmission grid's voltage and frequency, and replace 'system inertia' that is lost when coal and gas fired power stations retire over the next decade.

The project will also be capable of supporting the safe and reliable development of renewable energy generation across Victoria’s designated renewable energy zones.

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Location

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub is located 25kms northwest of Melbourne’s CBD.

Reducing Electricity Prices for Victorians

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will be a AU $1.1bln energy storage facility supporting Victoria’s renewable energy zones and stabilising Victoria’s energy infrastructure. This will allow increased solar and wind integration into the grid which reduces volatility and lowers electricity prices.

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Recognised as a ‘State Significant’ Project

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub has gazetted planning approval for a 2.4GWh battery. All environmental and community studies were completed over the last three years.
The development work was initiated by a Victorian based renewable energy developer, Syncline Energy, following an extensive study for suitable sites across Victoria with due consideration given to key attributes such as safety, community engagement and grid connection.

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Kinaway's Purpose

Equis is partnered with Kinaway to support Kinaway's purpose in providing business support and advice, help improve visibility and networks, strengthen relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander businesses.

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The Western and Northern suburbs of Melbourne are at the heart of our Community and Economic Benefit Sharing framework.

Melton, Victoria

Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will store renewable energy for use in Melbourne when it is needed and also absorb excess roof-top solar from Victorian homes as it flows back into the transmission grid.

The project is designed with innovative inverter technology to support the transmission grid's voltage and frequency, and replace 'system inertia' that is lost when coal and gas fired power stations retire over the next decade.

The project will also be capable of supporting the safe and reliable development of renewable energy generation across Victoria’s designated renewable energy zones.

Native Wildlife

Supporting Endangered Species

Some impact on the rocky habitat preferred by Striped Legless Lizard (Delma Impar) was unavoidable as it occurs in the most heavily weeded section of Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub.


Accordingly, Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub is supporting this endangered species by funding an ecology program over ten years at a recently discovered striped legless lizard habitat just outside Kyneton.


Striped Legless Lizards are sleek, slender reptiles that resemble tiny snakes at first glance. They belong to a family of lizards unique to Australia and New Guinea that is most closely related to geckos. Unlike snakes, they have a fleshy tongue that is not forked, and visible external ears. They also have two tiny flaps that are all that remain of their hind legs. Over time their limbs have evolved into these tiny remnants and the front legs have disappeared completely. The tail is much longer than the body – up to two-thirds of the total length.


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Project Schedule

On Track

Detailed grid modelling, noise assessments, traffic flow analysis, and other studies were undertaken during 2020 and 2021.


Notice to proceed for construction is planned for late 2023 with commercial operations expected to commence in 2025.

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Supporting Circular Economy

When fully developed, Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will include a 'circular economy' and manufacturing solution for the recycling of battery cells and a facility to make hydrogen from excess reclaimed water from nearby urban communities.

Equis use the "household equivalence" conversion factor as does the CEC in their 2022 report: Electricity generation equivalent in households is calculated using a weighted national average consumption level of 4.596 MWh (from Australian Energy Market Commission, Residential electricity price trends 2018, 21 December 2018,aemc.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-12/2018%20Price%20Trends%20-%20Final%20Report%20-%20CLEAN.PDF)