The biggest battery ever installed in the Kimberley has been placed on site at the Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre. The 571kWh battery was lifted into place on October 7 ahead of the project’s expected completion in November. It has the equivalent storage capacity to power 20 residential homes for one day and at peak power is equal to the shopping centre’s maximum power use. The battery will provide smoothing services for the Broome electricity grid to ensure the shopping centre’s new 1MW solar carpark array does not impact stability. Gen Off Grid and H&M Tracey Broome Boulevard joint venture project manager Tom Straw said the battery’s purpose was unique. “It’s sole purpose is to provide smoothing services for the Broome Grid, ensuring that the 1MW solar carpark project does not impact upon the grid stability and thereby also ensuring that the project does not adversely affect the town’s hosting capacity for residential solar,” he said. “With a discharge power of up to 1MW, this is the largest battery ever to be deployed in the Kimberley region.” The work was undertaken by four local Broome businesses: Lift'N'Rig, Roadline Civil, GenOffGrid and H&M Tracey.