The QLD Government have just announced that they are setting up a register of battery storage systems that have been installed and are urging all Queenslanders that have a grid connected battery storage system installed to register their solar power system with either Ergon or Energex (Energex cover South East Queensland) and Ergon everywhere. As a reward for registering you will be paid $50 directly into your bank account.
It is a legal requirement that installers notify Energex or Ergon and receive approval for battery systems before the system is installed however it is believed that some installers have not followed this process which can lead to potential safety issues.
In order to claim your $50 for your Sunshine Coast solar system you will need to know the following information:
- Your NMI number (this can be found on your power bill)
- Your connect contract reference number (you should have been given this by the installer of your system) which must include
- The make and model of your battery
If you are unsure of any of these details then please contact the company that installed your system.
For more information on solar power or battery storage contact Sunworks Solar, the Sunshine Solar solar experts, today.
Full Press release:
Energy-savvy Queenslanders with home battery storage can put $50 in their pocket from today
by signing up to Australia’s first battery storage database.
Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced the home battery database,
which will also improve safety during emergencies.
“Households with solar panels are starting to install batteries to store their solar power to use
during peak periods,” he said.
“Energex and Ergon Energy need to know where those batteries are in an emergency, but also
because those batteries can help better manage the electricity network and supply during peak
“This is part of our plan to use network energy assets to further lower wholesale prices, minimise
price spikes and increase the resilience of the power networks,” he said.
“For example, households with batteries, and the service providers operating the equipment on
their behalf, will be able to respond to possible peak load events by optimising the use of their
battery stored power.”
More than 500 battery systems are registered around the state, but more are believed to be
Householders are required by law to advise Energex and Ergon Energy if they are connecting
anything to the distribution network – including a battery system.
Energex and Ergon Energy are offering a one-off $50 incentive to encourage registrations to their
The Australian Energy Market Commission is currently developing national rules for a proposed
national register of battery storage systems and other distributed energy devices.
Dr Lynham said the Queensland database information would be turned over to the AEMC when
the national system was in place.
“But we don’t have time to wait for the national database that’s under development, so once
again, Queensland is the renewable energy leader,” he said.
Energy Queensland Chief Executive Officer David Smales said ownership of battery storage
systems was increasing.
“This has created an urgent need for a database of such equipment for network and safety
reasons,” he said.
“For example, it can create a potential safety issue when emergency services responders attend
the scene of a fire and they are unaware a battery system is installed, because the network
electricity supply may be shut off but the battery system can still remain live.
“Capturing these details in a centralised register will help address these potential safety
“It will also create opportunities for Ergon Energy and Energex to potentially work with
customers to use these installed battery systems to more broadly contribute to addressing
demand and voltage issues in the electricity grid.”
For more information visit www.energex.com.au (external site) (http://www.energex.com.au/ ) and
www.ergon.com.au (external site) ( http://www.ergon.com.au/ ).