QUEENSLAND is fast becoming Australia’s leading renewable energy producers. Labelled “The Sunshine State”, it’s no real surprise to hear that businesses and houses are taking advantage of the sun. This boom shows policymakers at both levels of Government that investment in this industry is to be taken seriously. As a result, approval has been given to install Queensland’s pilot community-scale battery in Townsville. The Tesla battery storage project will support the states transition to renewables, as well as providing a back up power supply to the community.
This is good news for Townsville in the wake of one of the worst floods in its history and will assist in rebuilding the great city. The battery will store excess solar energy produced during daylight hours and will help the community in the evening peaks as well as any temporary grid disruptions. Acting Energy Minister Mark Furner stated, “Battery storage technology is the next stage in steady progress to enabling a renewable energy future and reaching our target of 50% renewable energy by 2030” (Ecogeneration 2019).