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Australian defence sites selected for renewable energy network

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Renewable energy projects are coming to defence sites across the country in an expanded $64 million Defence Renewable Energy and Energy Security Program announced by the Australian government.

Solar energy generation and battery storage systems will be added to 10 defence locations, producing 60 megawatts of solar energy or 25 megawatt hours of battery energy storage.

The energy generated will be equivalent to powering around 15,000 households each year.

There will also be delivery of two large-scale renewable energy projects at Robertson Barracks in the Northern Territory and the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in South Australia.

Assistant Minister for Defence, Matt Thistlethwaite, said works would begin across a number of states and territories and continue until 2027 to 2028.

“I am pleased to announce a significant investment in the Defence Renewable Energy and Energy Security Program which marks a firm commitment to sustainable environmental management in support of Defence capability,” Minister Thistlethwaite said.

“This investment helps to take pressure off local energy grids by making defence facilities more self-reliant. Because renewables are the cheapest form of energy, these upgrades should also reduce energy costs and drive down greenhouse gas emissions.

“More investment in renewables helps to deliver defence savings on energy costs so that more can be invested in capability into the future.

“The program will support jobs and small businesses in regional communities through delivery, preparation and installation, and maintenance as we anticipate their participation in the preparation and delivery of program works.”

The project will include installation of renewable systems, battery storage systems, piloting of microgrid projects to complement existing base electrical networks, investigation, and management of risks associated with new technology and electrical systems such as cyber security and electromagnetic interference.
Additional projects for backup power generation are also expected for RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal, Larrakeyah Barracks, and Harts Range in the Northern Territory, RAAF Bases Curtin and Learmonth and the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia, Woomera Range Complex in South Australia, and design work for a solar system at the ACT’s Russell Headquarters complex.
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