ACT Labor promises network of big batteries if re-elected

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The 150MW Tesla-built battery at Neoen's Hornsdale Wind Farm

The Australian Capital Territory’s Labor Party has revealed if re-elected, it will establish a network of ‘big batteries’ in the territory, with a combined capacity larger than the Tesla battery in South Australia.

The election commitment is to deliver 250MW of battery storage (compared to Hornsdale’s 150MW), with some of this set aside for the sole purpose for trading on the national market.

According to the ABC, Labor has created the plan aimed at making Canberra a “globally recognised centre for renewable energy innovation and investment”.

The ACT Government has already acquired two big batteries with a combined 60MW of capacity.

The party says it’s willing to invest $100 million over five years if elected.

The Clean Energy Council is supportive of the election commitment, saying battery storage can ensure that energy users have access to clean, low-cost renewable electricity 24/7 and government support can accelerate the deployment as the cost of storage comes down.

The ACT election is on October 17.

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