EVs to be solar-powered in Goodna with launch of latest charging station

Renewable energy technology continues to dominate headlines in South East Queensland, with the state’s newest electric vehicle (EV) charging station officially opened east of Ipswich.

Located at the Goodna Technology Park, the new charging station is historic in that it will be powered entirely by solar, the first EV charging station in the city of Ipswich to do so.

To power the two charging points at the station, a 55kW, 216 solar panel system has been erected over a 24-space car park.

This system will provide low-cost trickle charging, with a maximum output of a 120-kilometre boost in one hour, or a full recharge in the space of a business day.

Speaking at the official launch, Goodna Technology Park owner Bruce Leslie said the investment would allow excess electricity to be plugged into onsite businesses, increasing the energy efficiency of the park.

“Excess electricity generate will be provided to onsite businesses and is expected to help deliver return on our investment in four to five years,” said Leslie.

“We want to demonstrate to other Queensland businesses that it is feasible to provide completely renewable charging for electric cars at work while also generating a reasonable commercial return.”

The EV charging station is one of a number of stations to be installed in the South East over the last 12 months, on the back of increasing investments in renewable energy projects at the hands of the Queensland Government.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, who was in attendance at the Goodna Technology Park to officially open the charging station, praised the energy revolution occurring across the state, saying the renewable energy industry would provide numerous long-term benefits.

“Queensland’s renewable energy revolution is steaming ahead, and Ipswich is part of that progress,” said Dr Lynham.

“Renewable energy is an emerging industry and essential to Queensland’s economic recovery strategy because it creates jobs as well as reducing emissions and driving down power prices.

“Ipswich is part of the revolution with the city’s first solar-powered electric vehicle charger and now a solar farm proposal.”

Dr Lynham capped off the launch by trying out one of the chargers, plugging in the Energex EV he had arrived in.

Source: The Hon Dr Anthony Lynham | Renewable energy revolution underway in Ipswich

23 July 2020

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