The Australian Capital Territory, the country’s federal district and home of national capital Canberra, is supporting the planned roll-out of 36MW of customer-sited batteries by funding a further AU$3 million (US$2.39 million) in rebates.
Targeting 100% renewable energy as early as the year 2020, the ACT established the Next Generation Energy Storage scheme as part of the roadmap towards that plan. Round one was held as a pilot in 2016, awarding AU$600,000, while a second round ended in December 2017 with AU$2 million awarded through a competitive selection process.
Shane Rattenbury, a member of the Green Party and ACT’s minister for climate change and sustainability, announced on Friday that the third round will go ahead with AU$3 million of funding available. The Next Generation Energy Storage programme is expected to pay out AU$25 million to help get the region to its 36MW goal, which would mean batteries had been installed in about 5,000 homes in just over two years. ACT also wants to hit net zero emissions by 2050 “at the latest,” Rattenbury said.
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