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Federal government unveils new community battery in Sydney

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The Australian Government has launched a new community battery in Sydney’s Bexley North as part of its Community Batteries for Household Solar program.

The initiative, announced on June 29, 2024, aims to increase access to renewable energy storage and improve grid reliability.

The 267kWh battery energy storage system, constructed by Ausgrid, is one of over 400 community batteries planned for deployment across Australia. This project is a key component of the Federal Government’s strategy to achieve 82 per cent renewable energy in the national grid by 2030.

“It’s incredibly exciting to deliver a community battery for Bexley North today, our Reliable Renewables plan is bringing cleaner, cheaper reliable renewable energy to communities across the country,” Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said.

The battery will serve multiple purposes, including storing excess solar energy generated during the day for use at night, reducing pressure on the grid, and potentially lowering electricity bills for local residents.

Additionally, the installation features an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, allowing locals and visitors to charge their cars using locally generated solar power.

Linda Burney, Member for Barton and Minister for Indigenous Australians, highlighted the dual benefits of the project.

“Not only will the battery help residents benefit from cleaner, cheaper renewable energy, it is a beautiful piece of street art,” she said.

The battery installation has been adorned with artwork by local Indigenous artist Amanda Longbottom, adding cultural significance to the technological advancement.

This development comes as Australia sees a surge in rooftop solar adoption, with one in three households already embracing the technology. However, battery storage adoption remains low, with less than one in 40 households currently equipped with energy storage systems.

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