Bargara set to play a part in renewable energy target

If the application is approved by council, Bargara will be one of five locations across Queensland to host to a large-scale network-connected battery trial. Pictures: BRC

By Aaron Goodwin

Bargara is poised to be on of five locations in Queensland to host a large-scale network-connected battery trial, with a development application lodged with Bundaberg Regional Council.

The State Government owned electricity distributor Energy Queensland has lodged the combined material change of use and reconfiguring of lot application, for a 40MW battery storage facility to be built at School Lane.

The storage facility would be connected to the existing substation at Bargara, after the State Government announced in March that Energy Queensland will lead a new network connected battery storage trial in Queensland, in an effort to support the goal of 50 percent of consumed power in Queensland to be generated from renewables by 2030.

“Energy Queensland has identified that the Bargara substation site is suitable for the rollout of the battery project initiative,” the application states.

”The batteries will store excess electricity generated from renewable sources during daylight hours and distribute it back into the network during the evening peak demand.

”These batteries will provide economic benefits right across Queensland and contribute towards economic recovery.

”Installing batteries at the distribution level will reduce reverse power flow, unload transformers and allow cheaper wholesale power during the day to be supplied to customers during the evening.

”The closer batteries are to rooftop solar is connected, the greater the benefit.

”Distributed battery storage would see batteries connected to many parts of the network around the state.”

During the announcement of Bargara being one of the five trial sites back in March, Bundaberg MP Tom Smith said the trial will also explore how these network-connected battery projects can provide economic benefits in communities across Queensland.

“Queensland has one of the highest levels of solar system penetration in the world, and this is one area where we can start using this huge source of renewable energy in a smarter way,” Mr Smith said.

”This trial will investigate benefits across both the electricity transmission and distribution networks, plus it will also offer increased opportunities for local Queensland businesses.

“For example, some of the components, such as the switchrooms, could be made locally and there will be opportunities for Queensland-based training and development.”

If the trial is successful, Energy Queensland could deploy distribution batteries in locations right across the state.