Construction begins on one of Queensland’s biggest batteries

Construction has commenced on one of Queensland’s largest battery storage facilities. Situated at the Swanbank site, this 250MW/500MWh battery is a key component of the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub. Once operational, its two-hour storage capacity will classify it as one of Queensland’s most significant energy storage solutions. This project, a collaboration between CleanCo, Tesla, and Yurika, represents a $330 million investment in the future of renewable energy. As CleanCo’s inaugural battery storage venture, it’s anticipated to generate approximately 60 jobs during its construction phase and sustain up to 10 full-time positions once operational. The goal is to have the Swanbank site energised by mid-2025, with the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) expected to arrive later this year, thereby enhancing Queensland’s energy network’s storage capabilities.

 

This initiative is a crucial part of the Miles Labor Government’s Big Energy Build and is supported by $330 million from the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. A commitment to sustainability is evident in CleanCo’s end-of-life planning for the battery, including a 20-year warranty for the BESS and engagement with local recycling facilities for its eventual disposal.

 

Designed for 24/7 operation, the battery system will also feature remote capabilities. Belinda Watton, Executive General Manager of Yurika, highlighted the project’s role in supporting businesses and communities through the energy transition. She emphasised that “alongside cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy, this publicly owned asset supports the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan, creating jobs for Queenslanders and signals an incredibly positive investment into our clean energy future.”

 

Tom Metcalfe, CEO of CleanCo, shared his vision for the project, noting that the battery will “add significant capacity for CleanCo to supply our customers with competitively priced, reliable clean energy around the clock.” He also mentioned the extensive community consultation undertaken to develop the master plan for the Swanbank Clean Energy Hub, marking “the beginning of a new era for Swanbank and CleanCo.”

 

Premier Steven Miles has emphasised the need for more renewable energy projects on multiple occasions and stated, “my government will always champion projects that deliver cheaper, cleaner energy to Queensland households.” The push to renewable energy is more than just a push for climate change targets. “Renewables are driving down the spot wholesale price of power below zero, which is why we will continue to invest in them,” Premier Steven Miles said. A welcome cost reduction for many consumers in this cost of living crisis. 

 

Deputy premier and Treasurer, Cameron Dick MP commented on the logistics of Queensland’s biggest battery, “This battery will store the solar generated across the rooftops of Ipswich, allowing it to be used when the sun goes down.”

 

This project is not just about improving Queensland’s energy storage capabilities; it’s also about creating jobs and contributing to a sustainable energy future. It reflects the broader objectives of the MEA in advocating for consumer energy resources and promoting a cost-effective approach to decarbonisation. The focus on leveraging consumer energy resources can play a vital role in alleviating cost of living pressures while supporting the state’s ‘big build’ investment strategy.

More jobs and a better energy storage system are a welcome addition to the Queensland energy sector.

 

 

Swanbank Clean Energy Hub Masterplan

 

Discover the efforts MEA is making in advocating for Consumer Energy Resources (CER).

Our past submissions to the Queensland government, including our input for the QLD budget 2023-24, have underscored MEA’s backing of the ‘big build’ investment. These submissions have emphasised the importance of adopting a broader, more cost-effective strategy for decarbonisation. By utilising CER more effectively, we aim to alleviate the financial burdens faced by consumers.

 

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