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Top End throws kitchen sink at battery bonus

07 Apr 2020 5:52 PM | Sonia Harvey (Administrator)

THE Northern Territory government has approved the buy of a large scale battery for the Darwin-Katherine grid for A$30 million, with estimates suggesting it will pay for itself in five years.

The battery will help manage greater amounts of behind the meter solar used by households and businesses. 

The top end government said it will decrease the need for gas-fired spinning reserve which will save $6.4 million a year and 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. 

It will also allow more renewable energy into the grid from private projects and the battery may be later used provide system services to the private sector.

The battery will be in operation in the second half of 2022. 

The government also has two smaller new initiatives in place to encourage households and businesses to take up solar panels, batteries and inverters with a $6000 grant. 

It has also developed a new standard feed-in tariff of 8.3 cents per KWh to be offered by Jacana Energy which will apply to all new businesses and households with behind-the-meter solar installations of up to 30 kilowatts. 

An initial allocation of $800,000 will be provided for the scheme, funding grants for about 130 batteries. 

Source: Energy News Bulletin

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