The Albanese Government is committed to helping household with their electricity bills, reduce emissions and deliver reliable renewable energy for residents.
We recently announced that Port Kennedy in the Brand electorate will host a new community battery to assist in keeping household electricity bills down.
Electricity Networks Corporation will receive $500,000 in the first round of grant funding from the Albanese Government to install a community battery, which will support Port Kennedy with affordable energy by storing renewable energy generated during the day for distribution in the evening when energy is more expensive.
Funding for the 400-kilowatt hour battery is part of the government’s Community Batteries program, investing $200 million to install 400 community batteries across the country.
Community batteries also enable households without solar panels to reap the benefits of renewable energy, while reducing emissions and easing pressure on the grid by absorbing excess solar generated electricity.
Community batteries are just one of the steps the Albanese Government is taking to put downward pressure on household and business energy costs and make homes and businesses cheaper to run.
As part of our plan to ease the cost of living without adding to inflation, the 2023-24 Budget delivers more than $1.6 billion for energy saving upgrades for homes, businesses, and social housing. This investment will help people with older homes and appliances that don’t meet modern energy standards to upgrade and keep money from leaking out the door.
The Albanese Government is also providing up to $350 of targeted electricity bill relief for Western Australian concession card holders, in addition to the $400 discount provided by the McGowan Government.
Federal Member for Brand, the Hon Madeleine King MP, said the Port Kennedy Community Battery initiative will benefit many people in Brand, helping to lower household energy costs.
“The installation of the community battery will enable the storage of affordable solar energy for use during peak times, and to share excess power with other households in the area,” Ms King said.
For more information on the Community Batteries Program visit the following website https://www.dcceew.gov.au/energy/renewable/community-batteries