UPDATED: Adelaide moves closer to being Australia's first carbon-neutral city with battery storage for public buildings

By / 30th of June, 2015

UPDATE: The State Government has agreed to match Adelaide City Council incentive funding for households and businesses that install energy storage or increase their energy efficiency.

The increased funding will double the reach of the Sustainable City Incentives Scheme in 2015/16.

The scheme provides all building owners and tenants up to:

  • $5,000 for installing solar PV
  • $5,000 for installing energy storage
  • $500 per electric vehicle charging controller
  • $5,000 for apartment building energy efficiency upgrades
  • $1,000 for changing out quartz halogen downlights to LED downlights
  • ?$120 for installing an energy monitoring system
  • $1,000 for solar hot water system
  • $500 for rain water tanks or $3,000 for communal use rain water tanks in apartment buildings

Climate Change Minister Ian Hunter said the incentives would create further demand for renewable energy, growth in green industries, increased energy and waste efficiency and cleaner modes of transport.

“Two months ago, we became the first Australian state where the State Government and City Council both signed key international agreements on climate change," Minister Hunter said.

“The State Government has a goal for the city of Adelaide to be carbon neutral, and this ambitious target will require a change in the way the city operates and is used.

“South Australia already leads the nation with almost 40 per cent of our energy coming from clean sources, but our efforts need to ramp up to meet our target of 50 per cent by 2025.”

BATTERY storage will be installed in a number of Adelaide's most prominent public buildings to move the city closer to its goal of becoming Australia's first carbon neutral city.

The $1.1 million in storage, announced today by Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis, will integrate with existing rooftop solar systems.

“The battery storage systems will be located at high profile sites within the City of Adelaide, such as the Museum, State Library and Art Gallery of South Australia, which all have existing rooftop solar photovoltaic systems,” Koutsantonis said.

“Through this exciting project, the State Government will be demonstrating how integrating battery storage with solar photovoltaics can deliver multiple benefits of greenhouse gas reduction, energy load management and energy cost reductions.

“These North Terrace precinct sites offer a great opportunity to publicly showcase battery storage technology, and public schools in the city could also show the community how solar photovoltaics and battery storage technologies can be combined to provide energy-smart solutions in smaller buildings.

“With a high uptake of renewables in South Australia, including rooftop solar, South Australia is well positioned to be a strong ‘early market’ for battery storage systems."

South Australia already receives around 39% of its energy from renewable sources.

In addition to the battery storage project in public buildings, the Adelaide City Council has also announced it will offer incentives of up to $5000 to city ratepayers who install battery storage devices.