Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has launched Energex’s Battery Storage Trial and inducted 22 new apprentices into Energex’s program.
The new apprentices will train at Energex’s EsiTrain facility in Rocklea, Brisbane.
Ms Palaszczuk said battery storage would be an important part of Queensland’s energy sector in the decades ahead, which meant training up the next generation of electricians for the jobs of the future.
“New technologies like solar battery storage will dominate the next phase of the solar energy industry, and with it a whole new opportunity for new jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“These new recruits will gain first-hand experience with the latest technology as part of their training here at Rocklea, which only cements Energex’s reputation as producing some of the world’s top electricians.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the energy network will look very different 20 years from now than what it does today and that Queensland is perfectly placed to take advantage of this and make the most of those future job opportunities.
Ms Palaszczuk said the trial, which uses technology from leading solar companies like Tesla, further cements Queensland’s reputation as a leader in the rooftop solar industry.
“The Government has a goal of one million rooftops, or 3,000 megawatts of solar PV capacity in Queensland by 2020, and the emergence of Battery Energy Storage Systems will play a key role in achieving that goal,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Queensland Energy Minister, Mark Bailey, said the trial’s three battery systems will provide Energex with real time data to better understand how best to integrate new technologies into the network.
“We have some of the best solar resources in the world and because of that reputation, each of these suppliers has earmarked Queensland as target markets for their products,” Mr Bailey said.
“The data obtained from these trials will assist in developing systems to manage new technologies, including battery systems, and provide cost-effective outcomes for Queenslanders.”
Energex CEO, Terry Effeney, said the trial was part of a long-term strategy to manage demand on the network based on customers’ ever-changing consumption habits.
“The way our customers consume electricity has changed significantly with the emergence of solar PV and battery technology and we have changed with them,” Mr Effeney said.
“The future of energy usage in Queensland is about choice; providing customers with a choice as to how they consume their electricity and how much they rely on the network. Installing batteries at our own EsiTrain facility shows a genuine commitment from Energex to a future in which renewable energy will be integrated into South East Queensland’s network.
“It means we can record real time data from the system and observe the usage habits, which is similar to the smart technology processes we currently use for air conditioners and hot water systems,” Mr Effeney said.