Clean energy has begun flowing from Central Queensland after the State Government completed construction on a $8 million grid-connected battery at Tanby, south of Yeppoon.
Queensland’s Deputy Premier and State Development Minister, Steven Miles, said the $8 million battery was an important and innovative addition to the electricity grid in Central Queensland, providing a better service for residents.
“We know there’s been a huge uptake in rooftop solar energy in Yeppoon and Rockhampton and this investment will drive even more,” Mr Miles said.
“It means renewable energy made during Central Queensland’s many sunny days can be stored to use during peak demand periods in the evening.
“It will help deliver cheaper, cleaner energy for homes and businesses, and capacity for even more renewables in Central Queensland.”
Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke, said Queensland’s proud mining heritage would continue to grow as it met the increased demand for critical minerals, batteries and components both here and abroad.
“Queensland is home to vast amounts of nickel, cobalt, vanadium and zinc, and it’s our workforce that will make the most of the opportunity to refine, manufacture and export what the world needs to power its clean energy future,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“I’m particularly excited that the forum members get to be part of this momentous occasion, unlocking an investment in good clean energy jobs, better grid services, and a great lifestyle in regional Queensland.”