The Queensland government has announced a $179 million investment in its local connected batteries program.
Sourced from the QLD Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund, the funding will see 12 new local batteries installed across the state.
It will also allow the installation of two flow batteries from Queensland manufacturers.
“This battery program is fundamental to our success in achieving 70 per cent renewable energy by 2030, and Net Zero Emissions by 2050,” QLD Premier Steven Miles said.
“Our state has renewable energy capabilities the world is looking for and my government has the plans in place to capitalize on the opportunities that brings.
“That means we generate cheaper, cleaner energy to power your home now and into the future.”
Stage two is currently in delivery with battery construction underway on 12 batteries in cities including Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Emerald and Toowoomba.
Stage three will deliver 12 additional batteries and stage four will include the tiral of two flow batteries.
“These batteries will take the heat out of the peak demand periods, and that puts downward pressure on electricity prices, benefiting households and businesses,” QLD Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said.
“Investing in batteries helps build the clean energy supply chain, creating business opportunities and jobs for Queenslanders.”