olar Citizens welcomes Miles Govt announcement of $40 million investment in rooftop solar and batteries in Townsville - Solar Citizens

Solar Citizens welcomes Miles Govt announcement of $40 million investment in rooftop solar and batteries in Townsville

Solar Citizens has welcomed the announcement today of the Miles Government’s $40 million investment in rooftop solar and batteries in Townsville and access to the benefits of cheaper, cleaner energy for local residents currently locked out of solar.

The announcement today is part of a pilot project of Local Renewable Energy Zones (LREZ) which will harness solar energy generated by the community to share across residential and commercial sites,  and the wider network.

According to Energex, the LREZ project will deploy up to 8.4MW/18.8MWh of battery storage and support up to an additional 2.8MW of solar PV, and 0.9MW of demand management across nearly 550 residential and commercial customer sites, starting from January 2025.

It follows the announcement last week of $40 million for a Caloundra LREZ pilot project which will fund the deployment of up to/18.8MWh of battery storage and support up to an additional 2.8MW of solar PV, and 0.9MW of demand management.

Solar Citizens CEO Heidi Lee Douglas said, “Queenslanders lead the world in household solar uptake and the announcement today will allow more access to solar by more community members and a better use of resources.

“We know too many Queenslanders are struggling with energy bills and the rising cost of living and rooftop solar with local battery storage is an effective way of providing energy relief, freeing up money in household budgets while reducing carbon pollution. It’s a win-win for cost of living and climate action.

“Smarter use of the energy grid, like through this Local Renewable Energy Zone in Townsvlle, allows us to put in more of the cheapest form of energy, rooftop solar, without the need for more poles and wires. This brings down bills for everyone.


“People with rooftop solar will feed cheaper solar energy into the grid during the day, and local residents and businesses can draw down this cleaner energy for use in the evenings.

“Rooftop solar and local batteries are renewable energy in action, and solar is the cheapest and best way of powering our homes, community and local business in Queensland, now and in the future.”

Recent analysis commissioned by Solar Citizens and conducted by the Australian PV Institute at the University of NSW found 190MW of rooftop solar potential in owner-occupied apartments across Queensland. 

However this potential is largely unrealised, even with average payback periods at about 6.4 years. The challenges are administrative and in coordination.

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