Battery storage powering the way at John James Village

Released 21/11/2018

Canberra’s leading Medical Charity, John James Foundation will now integrate sustainable energy production and storage across all of its current and future healthcare facilities including John James Village with support from the ACT Government’s Next Generation Energy Storage Program.

“I am pleased to announce the installation of solar panels and batteries at the John James Village, which supports people living with blood cancer and their families during times of need with a home away from home,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said.

“Rebates from the Next Generation Energy Storage Program and funding from owner/developer John James Foundation, ActewAGL, Solar Hub and Reposit Power have co-funded the cost of installing two batteries and 11.88kW of solar PV on site.”

“As interest in battery storage rises in Australia, the John James Village which is operated by the Leukaemia Foundation has embraced the idea of gaining energy independence by offsetting most, if not all, of their operational energy costs. These savings will be redirected into providing continuous delivery of respite accommodation and support services to people undergoing treatment for life-threatening blood cancers”.

“By working collaboratively with industry and community organisations, we can highlight the benefits of combining renewable energy generation with storage technology in many ways, such as powering the ACT in the right direction to achieve its 100% renewable electricity by 2020 target.

“As part of the Next Generation Energy Storage program, the ACT Government is providing $25 million to subsidise battery storage in over 5000 homes and businesses by 2020.

“Over 1000 battery storage systems have now been supported by the ACT Government across the Canberra region. It is great to see so many households and businesses embrace new technology under one of the biggest rollouts of small scale battery storage in the world.

“Discounts of up to $4000 for an average household system are available. This allows the community to store the energy generated from their solar panels for times when use is most convenient, such as cooking dinner or cooling the home, or when electricity costs the most,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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Media: Minister Rattenbury and representatives from the John James Foundation will be made available for interviews at today’s 12:30pm event—held at John James Village, 2 Rusden St, Garran. Photos, video and audio will be made available on request.

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