Queensland to trial network connected batteries at five sites

Out-Law News | 06 Apr 2021 | 2:15 am |

Five sites in the Australian state of Queensland will host network-connected battery trials to support growing demand for renewable energy.

The combined storage capacity of the batteries once installed will be 40 MWh. The planned locations for the five substations are at Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Townsville, Yeppoon and Toowoomba across Queensland state.

The batteries will capture and store excess renewable energy, helping the state to reach its renewable target to increase the renewable ratio from its current 20% to 50% by 2030, according to Queensland’s minister for energy, renewables and hydrogen Mick de Brenni.

The sites participating in the trial are owned by Energy Queensland, which could deploy batteries across the state if this trial is successful.

Eliza Danby of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, said: “Queensland is leading the nation in the uptake of rooftop solar panels and larger scale solar developments, and these trials are further steps towards ensuring the necessary infrastructure is in place to take advantage of the energy that is generated.”