Australia is blessed with some of the world's best solar and wind resources, and if these are harnessed it can mean abundant cheap and clean energy to power new industries. We also have deposits of minerals that are needed for renewable energy and battery technology, such as bauxite, copper, and lithium.
These advantages mean that we are well-placed to manufacture components needed to transition the world to renewable energy. In Victoria wind turbine blades are already being manufactured in an old Holden factory, and in South Australia Sonnen has set up shop to produce household batteries as they're rolled out across the state. Exciting projects are already underway, but if all levels of government supported the uptake of clean energy, we could see this become a massive new job-creating industry.
Below are two examples of how clean technology is already creating jobs in Queensland.
Brisbane-based Redback Technologies now employs over 50 people developing advanced, affordable solar and battery solutions. They were first kick-started by a Queensland Government grant and have been further supported by the University of Queensland.
Redback's CEO Patrick Matweew is proud to offer free training for installers to learn more about the Redback's products, as rooftop solar and battery installation work helps bring local employment to regional Australia. And as Patrick points out, when more household batteries are installed across regional communities, families save money on their power bills which they are then able to spend in the local community.
RedEarth Energy Storage
RedEarth Energy Storage started in 2013 and since then they've gone from strength to strength.
At RedEarth's Brisbane facility they engineer and assemble battery systems for homes and businesses. Currently, they employ 20 people, but are looking to expand as battery demand takes off.
Watch founder Chris Winter discuss their battery manufacturing facility below.