The Australian government will invest $64 million in the Defence Renewable Energy and Energy Security Program to deliver solar energy generation and battery storage systems at 10 Defence sites across the country.
FILE PHOTO: A solar power instillation in the Northern Territory. Photographer unknown.
Sixty megawatts of solar energy, enough to power the equivalent of about 15,000 households each year, and 25 megawatt hours of battery energy storage are being planned for development and delivery under the program.
Assistant Minister for Defence Matt Thistlethwaite said works would begin across a number of states and territories and continue until 2027-28.
Mr Thistlethwaite said the investment would build on earlier stages, which had already delivered savings of about $380,000 a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1793 tonnes a year.
Two large-scale renewable energy projects will be developed under the latest part of the program, one at Robertson Barracks in the Northern Territory, and the other at the Edinburgh Defence Precinct in South Australia.
Mr Thistlethwaite said additional projects would increase resilience at Defence bases and reduce dependency on fuel supply chains for back-up power generation.