30 January, 2020 –
Queensland’s renewable energy revolution is steaming ahead and the next wave is battery storage.
The climate-change deniers criticise renewable energy for not being available when the sun doesn’t shine and wind doesn’t blow: batteries are a game-changer.
This July, construction will begin on a massive 100MW lithium ion battery near Wandoan on the Western Downs, creating 30 jobs and marking the first stage of a major renewable project that could supply up to 400,000 homes with solar energy.
This battery is the first step in Vena Energy Australia’s bigger plans to deliver up to 1,000 megawatts of solar energy in Queensland.
AGL and Vena have signed a 15-year agreement to deliver and operate the battery. As the user of the battery, AGL will have full operational dispatch rights, and as the owner of the battery, Vena will build and maintain the asset.
Once the battery is built, Vena plans to keep the momentum moving and begin work on a solar farm at the same site in 2021.
Queensland already had three large-scale batteries operating: at Lakeland Solar Farm in Far North Queensland, at Kennedy Energy Park near Hughenden, and one at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Another in Townsville is expected to be operating next month.
Queensland has seen $4.7 billion worth of investment in renewable energy projects since December 2016, creating 4,200 jobs and almost 5,500MW of renewable generation capacity.
This investment demonstrates industry’s strong confidence in Queensland’s growing clean energy industry.
It’s all ensuring that we remain well on track to reach our target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.