More Queenslanders Consider Smart Energy by Installing Battery Storage

A recent survey finds that almost a third of Queensland households are likely to have a home battery storage system installed over the next decade.

The results of the annual Queensland Household Energy Survey shows that homeowners are eager to install electricity battery storage devices into their homes to complete their current or existing rooftop solar panels.

Energy Minister Dr. Anthony Lynham states that the latest survey results prove that Queenslanders are interested and are supporting the Government’s latest home battery grants program.

He said, ” Queenslanders embrace renewable energy, with one in three Queensland homes having rooftop solar panels.”

”Battery storage is the next wave, and clearly, Queenslanders plan to continue to stay on that wave to cut their power bills and their emissions, ” Dr. Lynham added.

According to a report published on the Queensland Government website, over 2,500 households have been approved for interest-free loans and grants to be able to install rooftop solar and battery storage systems through the Government’s Affordable Energy Plan.

Dr. Lynham attributed the creation of jobs and budding business opportunities in the renewables sector to the clear and consistent energy policy and initiatives of the government. Since January 2015, approximately 185,000 jobs related to renewable energy were created in Queensland.

The survey also finds that over the past two years, the interest of the citizens in buying electric vehicles has increased by 9 percent. More of them are willing to ditch their petrol vehicles once EVs have a charge range of 500 kilometers and the purchase price reduced to not more than $50,000.

Survey responses on tariffs and rebate awareness show that Queenslanders are eager to lower their energy costs, but more than two-thirds of those who participated in the survey had no idea what electricity tariffs they were presently on. Furthermore, a quarter of concession holders were clueless of the rebates available to them.

Dr. Lynham said he is concerned about these responses and added, ”I’d encourage consumers to talk to their retailers about what tariff options are available to them to reduce their costs.”

Five thousand individuals participated in the survey and were asked about their home energy usage and plans for their future energy use. The survey was commissioned by Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland.

David Smales, the CEO of Energy Queensland, started that the survey findings show that Queensland continues to lead in adopting the latest energy efficiency technology.

He said, ”Queenslanders are just as tech-savvy as they have ever been.”

”They are keen to reduce their energy costs and, as managers of the electricity network, we must continue to transition the state’s power grid to integrate with rapidly emerging technology, ” he continued.

For more information and complete report in the survey findings, click here.

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