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Mackay Powers Ahead: $179M Battery Network Boost

Mackay Powers Ahead: $179M Battery Network Boost
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Premier’s Power Move

Queensland Premier Steven Miles announces a $179 million boost to the state’s network-connected battery program, solidifying Queensland’s position as a leader in renewable energy.

Powering Progress: Queensland’s Ambitious Battery Program

Queensland is set to elevate its renewable energy infrastructure with a substantial $179 million investment in its network-connected battery program.

This initiative, backed by the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund, will see the installation of 12 new local network-connected batteries across the state, strengthening the electricity distribution network.

Local Innovation: Flow Batteries Pave the Way

An integral part of this expansion is the inclusion of two flow batteries, manufactured locally.

This strategic move not only fosters the development of a local battery industry but also positions Queensland as a testing ground for cutting-edge battery technology.

The state is poised to be a trailblazer in integrating flow batteries into future programs.

From Bundaberg to Mackay: Successful Stages and Future Prospects

The program’s initial phase successfully deployed five network-connected batteries in strategic locations, including Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Townsville, and Yeppoon.

Currently, in stage two, construction is underway for 12 batteries, including Mackay.

Future stages aim to deliver a total of 29 batteries across the state, supporting Queensland’s Energy and Jobs Plan.

High Solar Penetration: A Solution for Peak Demand

These batteries are strategically placed in areas with high solar penetration, acting as crucial support during peak demand periods. 

Each battery boasts a capacity equivalent to powering an average home for more than a year, contributing significantly to the state’s goal of achieving 70% renewable energy by 2030 and Net Zero Emissions by 2050.

Queensland’s Renewable Legacy: A Global Model

Premier Steven Miles emphasises that Queenslanders are world leaders in rooftop solar adoption, making it imperative to align the energy network with the surging rates of solar generation.

The battery program not only facilitates a sustainable energy future but also positions Queensland as a hub for renewable energy capabilities sought after globally.

In the quest for cleaner, more affordable energy, Queensland’s investment in its battery network stands as a beacon of progress, illustrating a commitment to a sustainable and resilient energy future.