Labor government pledges community battery for Brimbank

Brimbank councillor Trung Luu, Tarneit MP Sarah Connolly, Brimbank mayor Jasmine Nguyen, Fraser MP Dr Daniel Mulino and Brimbank deputy mayor Thuy Dang visited the Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House on Friday, May 6 to celebrate the announcement that an Albanese Labor government would fund a community battery for Brimbank. (Supplied)

By Matthew Sims

Brimbank would move towards using more renewable energy, under an Albanese Labor government funding commitment for a community battery.

Fraser MP Dr Daniel Mulino, Brimbank councillors and Tarneit MP Sarah Connolly visited the Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House on Friday, May 6 to announce that an Albanese Labor government would fund the installation of a community battery.

Dr Mulino said the community battery would provide about 500 kilowatt hours of storage that can support up to 250 local households.

“Labor’s Brimbank community battery will deliver cheap, reliable storage to unlock more renewable energy – cutting power bills and helping local households and community groups to go 100% renewable, even when the sun isn’t shining,” he said.

“Only an Albanese Labor Government will reduce emissions while bringing down power prices and working for a better future for all Australians.”

Brimbank mayor Jasmine Nguyen said the community battery would be tailored to the needs of the local community and would allow residents to take advantage of storage opportunities for renewable energy.

“This community battery is a sign of things to come as we transition our community to be a climate friendly all-electric municipality powered by renewable power,” he said.

“Our 100 per cent Renewable Brimbank program is a no-charge Council service connecting all residents to the resources, one-on-one support, and financial incentives to help make the switch to all-electric appliances powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.”

The battery would absorb excess renewable energy generated by household solar panels, as well as store the energy produced by panels on council buildings or from solar arrays.

A Labor government would deliver the battery project as part of the Labor Party’s ‘Power to the People’ plan, which would invest $200 million to install 400 community batteries across the country.

Under the project, a Labor government would also coordinate works with Brimbank council, the local community and energy distributors to finalise details and determine an appropriate location for the battery.