Solar energy funding announced for northern defence bases
The Australian federal government has committed $13 million in funding towards solar energy generation and battery storage systems.
The systems will be located at five Defence sites as part of a nationwide Defence Renewable Energy and Energy Security Program, according to a public announcement on 7 May.
The large-scale renewable energy projects will be installed at RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal, Robertson and Larrakeyah Barracks and Harts Range.
Assistant Minister for Defence Matt Thistlethwaite said the projects will increase resilience at Defence bases.
“We are prioritising infrastructure development in the north to support future Defence needs,” he said.
“The Albanese government knows that the cheapest form of energy is renewable energy and is committed to reducing emissions.
“The Defence Strategic Review calls on Defence to accelerate its transition to clean energy, and projects like this are an example of the work we have already committed to in this space, and we will continue to build on into the future.”
The investment for the north is part of the government’s $64 million nationwide Defence Renewable Energy and Energy Security Program.
“Defence has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent since 2005 through energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy generation and introduction of low emission vehicles”, Assistant Minister Thistlethwaite said.
“These projects deliver multiple benefits, improving environmental sustainability while supporting jobs and small businesses in regional communities through participation in the preparation and delivery of program works.”