SolarReserve and Barngarla partner to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage

1 November

Agreement establishes long-term relationship as part of development, construction and operation of the Aurora Solar Energy Project near Port Augusta

SolarReserve has taken the next step in the development of the Aurora Solar Energy Project, north of Port Augusta, by signing a Heritage Agreement with the native title holders represented by the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation. The agreement establishes a long-term relationship as part of the development, construction and operation of the Aurora Solar Energy Project.

“SolarReserve is excited to be working together with the Barngarla People to deliver our Aurora project with the least impact on Aboriginal heritage,” said Tom Georgis, SolarReserve’s Senior Vice President of Development. “We see this as the start of a strong ongoing partnership, which recognises the importance of Aboriginal heritage in developing large scale projects.”

Respecting Aboriginal Heritage

SolarReserve respects and is committed to protecting Aboriginal heritage and tradition, entering into a Heritage Agreement to strengthen the relationship with the Barngarla community as they develop the Aurora project, respecting their links to country and heritage. As part of this relationship, SolarReserve and the Barngarla will work together to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage through all phases of the Aurora project. SolarReserve will also incorporate cultural awareness training as part of the induction program for its contractors, subcontractors and employees.

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation Board are very supportive of the Aurora Solar Energy Project and working closely with SolarReserve to ensure the best possible outcomes for their culture and people. The project will bring clean renewable energy as well as jobs and other economic benefits to the community.

Jeanne Miller, a Port Augusta Barngarla woman who is part of the Barngarla heritage assessment team, expressed her satisfaction with working with SolarReserve to preserve Aboriginal heritage.

“It is really encouraging to see how SolarReserve has respected our Aboriginal heritage. Barngarla take the protection of our heritage very seriously and it has been great to work with a company which respects our connection to the land. It has been a valuable experience to work alongside SolarReserve in the heritage assessment process, and we look forward to the successful completion of the Aurora Solar Energy Project for the benefit of the Barngarla People and the entire Port Augusta region as a whole.”

Moving Forward with Aurora Project Development

In addition to this agreement with the Barngarla, SolarReserve has started hiring for their headquarters in Adelaide and field office in Port Augusta, and has submitted its Development Application for the Aurora Solar Energy Project to the South Australian Government, which is currently under assessment.

Source: SolarReserve

Link to AltEnergy project database: Aurora Solar Energy Project


New Energy Solar – Letter of invitation

2 November

Sydney-based New Energy Solar released a prospectus to raise funds before ASX listing planned for December. The following is an extract from the Letter of introduction in New Energy Solar’s offer document.

New Energy Solar seeks to acquire assets which, over their technical life, are expected to support gross portfolio returns2 of 7% to 10% per annum (before taxes, management expenses, administration costs and external corporate borrowing costs)3. The Business’ distributions may be less than the actual or target returns of its assets. Solar PV panels are durable and power plants typically have a lifespan of 30 years or more, with low operational costs once established. Combined with long term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with creditworthy offtakers, solar is viewed as offering attractive risk adjusted returns in the current low interest rate environment. While the Business’ mandate is a global one, the Investment Manager’s experienced investment and renewable energy teams located in the United States and Australia are currently focused on opportunities in those markets.

In less than two years, the Business has acquired substantial majority interests in four utility scale solar power plants in the United States, two in North Carolina and two in California (Existing Portfolio). Now fully operational, these four plants have a capacity of 225MWDC, and the electricity they generate is sold at agreed prices under long-term PPAs of between 10 and 25 years. These PPAs are with creditworthy energy purchasers, namely, Stanford University Power, LLC (Stanford Power), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University (Stanford University), Turlock Irrigation District (TID) and Duke Energy Progress. The Business funded these acquisitions with two capital raisings in 2016 from private investors.

Consistent with its investment strategy, the Business, through a subsidiary of the Company, recently agreed to acquire a 130MWDC portfolio of 14 solar power plants (CCR Portfolio) to be developed in North Carolina and Oregon by Cypress Creek Renewables (CCR), a leading North American developer and operator of solar power plants. The Investment Manager has completed due diligence on the CCR Portfolio power plants, all of which are expected to sell electricity under 13 to 15 year PPAs with Offtakers expected to include subsidiaries of Duke Energy Corporation for the North Carolina plants and PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, for the Oregon plants. Subject to various conditions, construction of the CCR Portfolio plants is expected to commence before the end of 2017 and all 14 are expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2018.

Amongst other things, the proceeds from this Offer will assist in funding the CCR Portfolio as well as future opportunities including a pipeline of projects currently being reviewed or investigated, representing capacity of over 3,000MWDC in Australia and the United States. These future acquisitions may include investments covered by Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with two developers for over 750MWDC of solar power plants in the US (MoU Portfolio)4. Strong relationships with developers and with large energy purchasers position New Energy Solar well to continue the growth of its sustainable investment business.

  1. New Energy Solar is a stapled entity consisting of New Energy Solar Fund (Trust) and New Energy Solar Limited (Company) and their controlled entities (together New Energy Solar or the Business).
  2. Gross portfolio return is the expected internal rate of return on capital contributed by the Business before taxes, management expenses, administration costs and external corporate borrowing costs.
  3. The Business may target assets outside this range where market conditions and other circumstances suggest it may be beneficial.

The full offer document is available at

Source: New Energy Solar


Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy expands portfolio with purchase of Biala Wind Farm

3 November

Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (Australia) Holding Pty Ltd (BJCE Australia) has successfully completed its acquisition of the 31 turbine Biala Wind Farm, located 45 minutes from Goulburn.

Biala Wind Farm strengthens BJCE’s renewable energy portfolio in the area, which consists of a 75% interest in the 73 turbine Gullen Range Wind Farm and the 10MW Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded Gullen Solar Farm, which is now in the final stages of commissioning.

BJCE entered the Australian renewable energy market in 2014 and intends to grow a 1GW portfolio by the end of 2020. With an operating renewable energy portfolio of 3.3 GW in China BJCE is the leading supplier of wind power in China and brings this significant experience to the Australian market.

General Manager of BJCE Australia, Weiwei Shi said “This is an exciting time for BJCE in Australia. We look forward to constructing and operating the Biala Wind Farm, working closely with local stakeholders, providing clean electricity and job opportunities to the local community”.

Biala Wind Farm was purchased from Newtricity Developments Biala Pty Ltd, who originally developed the project. A submission for a Development Approval was made in 2015 and approval was granted in April 2017.

BJCE Australia intends to begin construction of the wind farm in mid 2018 with electricity being generated in the second quarter of 2019. The planned wind farm will have an installed capacity of approximately 100MW, producing enough electricity for approximately 40,000 homes on an average day of wind.

Source: BJCE Australia

Link to AltEnergy project database: Biala Wind Farm


Sterling and Wilson expands its solar EPC footprint in Australia

3 November

Sterling and Wilson, one of the dominant global forces in the solar-PV space, has further strengthened its global presence with the recent announcement of expansion into Australia market.

The company plans to construct 500 MW in the coming three years. These projects would attract an investment of AUD 600 million. The target is expected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 750,000 tons annually. This would generate an employment for more than 750 personnel during course of project construction.

Sterling and Wilson, actively present in Australia since 2015, has been offering Diesel Generators and Cogeneration solutions through its office in Perth. It has recently opened an office in Brisbane, specifically to cater to the vast potential Solar market in Australia.

Bikesh Ogra, CEO – Renewable Energy, Sterling and Wilson, said, “Australia is witnessing a solar boom, as the country has had a phenomenal year with respect to large scale solar projects. The solar industry has also seen a sharp decline in costs, and is seen as a pivotal force to help the country achieve its renewable energy targets by 2020. We are definitely excited to be a part of this transformational journey and aid in realising its potential to transition to a future of sustainable and renewable energy. As a truly global solar EPC company with experience across geographies, we not only want to bring our best practices to the industry, but also learn alongside our peers to attain our target of 500 MW’s installations.”

Sterling and Wilson has now grown to be the world’s largest solar EPC player outside USA and China. It has to its credit more than 1930 MW of best performing solar power plants in various geographies including India, Philippines and South Africa. Currently it is constructing 1177 MW Solar PV plant in Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest single location plant, and a number of projects in Zambia, Niger and Morocco. It is a powerhouse of more than 4500 qualified engineers, project managers and designers. As the acceleration of growth in the energy sector has increased worldwide, Sterling and Wilson has ventured into the wind and energy storage sectors, covering the entire canvas in the renewable sector. Backed by its robust resources in Engineering, project management and strong global procurement network, the company is fully geared to deliver more than 2000 MW every year.

About Sterling and Wilson

Sterling and Wilson is an excellent example of how the Shapoorji Pallonji family has nurtured long term associations with its business partners. The Mistry and Daruvala families have been partners in Sterling and Wilson for 3 generations. This partnership will only grow stronger, as the 4th generations of both families have recently joined the business.

Over the past 5 years, Sterling and Wilson has shown exceptional growth; with operations all over the globe, as well as an expansion in its range of services. The company's turnover has shown an extremely positive growth. From a turnover of INR 1,760 crore in 2012, Sterling and Wilson group crossed a turnover of INR 6,000 crore last year as is likely to exceed INR 10,000 crore in the year ended March 2018. From being a predominantly India focussed company in 2010, Sterling and Wilson now operates across the Middle East, Africa, Australia and Europe. In the current year, the company is expanding to the USA and South America. From being a company that was mainly focussed on doing MEP projects in India, Sterling and Wilson over the past 5 years has set up global operations in manufacture of DG sets, Gas based power plants, Waste to Energy, Turnkey data centres, Transmission and Distribution and Solar EPC. With its recent forays into wind and energy storage, Sterling and Wilson is perfectly poised to play a pivotal role in the global trend of moving away from thermal plants to a future of renewable energy with storage.

Source: Sterling & Wilson


Enzen Group recognises SA’s renewables push could reap valuable exports

6 November

South Australia’s major commitment to renewable energy could reap strong returns from exporting its implementation experience around the world.

That’s the view of global energy and water strategic advisory and solutions business Enzen, which today officially opened its Australasian head office in Adelaide - partly on the recommendation of Adelaide expatriate and British energy leader, Mr Basil Scarsella.

Speaking at the opening of its new offices at 1 King William Street, Adelaide, Enzen’s Group CEO, Mr Kutty Prabakaran said there was a significant opportunity for South Australia to convert its position in renewable energy to become a world leader in transitioning to a low carbon economy, and to leverage global best practices to drive efficiencies in the energy and water sectors thereby reducing energy prices and ensuring reliability of supply.

“South Australia can be a global crucible for the transition from traditional energy sources to renewables – and that is one of the reasons we decided to make Adelaide our base,” Mr Kutty Prabakaran said.

“We found within the Government a very strong commitment to developing a technology and industrial base in low carbon solutions, leading to the creation of high-value jobs and the potential to export ‘know how’ to other markets around the world.”

“Given the high cost of energy in Australia, renewables and associated technology here will reach break-even point against traditional energy sources more quickly than in other developed nations. We are keen to work with the Government and the private sector to develop and deploy intellectual property around renewables across the globe, making Australia a knowledge hub giving us the ability to leverage Australian expertise across the globe. In building this platform to attract and train young Australian talent, we aim to create a knowledge leading, globally respected and mobile Australian work force. This is a natural complement to Enzen’s ability to integrate distributed generation sources into existing infrastructure.”

“In addition, with the world still currently relying on traditional power generation and distribution models, there’s going to be a lot of change in the way energy markets are organised and will operate into the future,” said Kutty Prabakaran. “On our observation, Australia is probably leading in the transition, with the solutions we develop here likely to be progressively applicable in every market around the world.”

Enzen Australia’s CEO and Co-founder, Mr Dileep Viswanath said, “a key area of focus is the disruption of the energy market as customers become producers through their own generation and network utilities having to transform their traditional regulated business models. Enzen is already actively partnering with the South Australian Government in undertaking energy audits of local businesses to understand their consumption and demand patterns and explore energy efficiency improvements.”

“On the basis of that information, we will explore local energy solutions such as solar, wind, hybrid options or other comprehensive options to create sustainable and cost competitive solutions with the potential that these businesses can become producers of energy and less reliant on grid power. Our prime focus in Australia will be to bring in niche engineering and automation solutions to address accelerated renewables implementation and manage the associated stress and cost on grid, combined with technology and engineering expertise to guarantee sustainability.”

Enzen has also specialised in partnering with over 200 energy and water network utilities globally in terms of making these utilities more efficient and in helping them improve customer service and reliability with experience.

Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) who is the largest gas distributor in Australia was one of Enzen’s early clients. Ben Wilson CEO of AGIG said, “We chose Enzen over more globally recognisable System Integrators, because they had a strong track record of delivering for our sister companies Wales & West Utilities and Northern Gas Networks in the UK, and had excellent vision for the overall operation of the company, good understanding of our business, focus on innovation and a clear understanding of how the transformation changes would deliver their regulatory outcomes for the business”.

Other Australian customers serviced by Enzen’s 50-strong local team include the Macquarie Bank-led consortium which bought a controlling stake in NSW power distributor Endeavour Energy this year; Ausgrid electricity networks in NSW; the NT Power and Water Corporation, SA Power Networks.

CEO of UK Power Networks, Basil Scarsella, said, “I wish the very best to Enzen as they start their operations in Australia. I have found the Enzen team to be purpose driven with a commitment to always do the right thing by their client. Enzen’s track record of delivering complex change programmes in the energy and utility industry is impressive. Their focus exclusively in the sector has helped them build good business understanding, high relationship focus, best practice and understanding and a focus on innovation which in my view is essential in a partner to deliver the right outcomes for a progressive network utility.”

“Enzen had largely built its international success with its work in re-shaping the UK energy sector. The partnership we established with UK Power Networks and Basil’s subsequent recommendation is undoubtedly one of the reasons we chose Adelaide as the home for our Australian head office,” Mr Viswanath said. “Equally, we were drawn by the opportunity represented by the State’s renewable energy pathway, the support of Government, Adelaide’s central location, and the availability of talent through the State’s world-class universities.”

Source: Enzen Group


Kiata Wind Farm construction completed, connected to grid and generating power

6 November

Windlab Limited (ASX: WND) today announced that the 31MW Kiata Wind Farm in western Victoria has completed construction, been connected to the electricity network and is producing both electricity and large scale generating certificates (LGCs). The project will finalise commissioning and performance testing in coming weeks, in advance of its scheduled commercial operation date at the beginning of December.

Kiata is located near Nhill, using Vestas V126, 3.45MW wind turbines at a hub height of 117M. It is the first project supported by the Victorian Government’s LGC procurement scheme to be connected to the grid.

Windlab holds a 5+5-year asset management agreement with Kiata Wind Farm Pty Ltd. Under this agreement Windlab is responsible for construction oversight and the provision of owners’ engineering services as well as ongoing management of the operating facility. The project has been constructed on schedule and well within budget.

Windlab owns 25% of Kiata and will receive its share of early generation revenues as well as project distributions once the project is in full commercial operations.

“Following the on-time and under budget construction of Coonooer Bridge Wind farm in 2016, we very pleased to maintain the standard and repeat the performance on Kiata in 2017.” stated Roger Price, Executive Chairman and CEO of Windlab Limited. “We look forward to the project achieving full commercial operations before the end of the year.”

Source: Windlab Limited

Link to AltEnergy project database: Kiata Wind Farm


New review to address deteriorating frequency performance in the power system

7 November

The AEMC today published an issues paper for its review of the regulatory and market frameworks needed to support frequency control in the national electricity market (NEM).

The generation mix is changing. As newer types of generators like wind and solar come in, and conventional generators like coal retire, this is presenting challenges for the management of power system frequency. A decline in the provision of frequency response capability and an increase in connection of variable generating technologies has led to a recent deterioration in frequency performance. If frequency becomes unstable or changes too fast then the system is at risk of going black.

As well as exploring challenges facing frequency control in the power system – this review will explore opportunities to more effectively manage system security through new fast response technologies and distributed energy resources.

Areas for consideration include:

  • Primary frequency control drawing on AEMO investigations to assess whether mandatory generator governor response requirements should be introduced
  • Frequency control ancillary services in the transforming market and whether new technologies, like wind farms and batteries, offer the potential for frequency response services that act much faster than traditional services to more effectively control frequency
  • Distributed energy resources providing opportunities to support frequency control.

There are trade-offs to be made between the risks and costs of meeting system security requirements. The objective of the review is to recommend the combination of changes that are necessary to provide a secure power system at the lowest cost to consumers.

The AEMC encourages stakeholders to share their views on the paper. Submissions due by 5 December 2017.

The review is considering appropriate frequency control arrangements as the electricity system evolves. This work is part of the AEMC’s ongoing system security work program and progresses recommendations of the Finkel review into the future security of the NEM.

The review will also be informed by a technical working group, comprising network businesses, generators, retailers, energy service providers, consumer representatives, AEMO and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

The Commission will provide a progress report on the review to the COAG Energy Council by the end of 2017, with a final report due in mid 2018.

Source: AEMC


Albany Wave Energy Project activities underway

6 November

Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX:CCE) is pleased to advise that following the $15.75 million in funding from the Western Australian State Government, it has now commenced the Albany project design and development activities.

The first phase involves the detailed, localised measurement of the wave resource at the specific offshore site proposed for the installation of the CETO 6 unit. The measurement of metocean conditions is now underway via the installation of a wave buoy approximately 1.5 kilometres off the existing Albany wind farm. The data buoy was deployed in 30 meters of water depth by a local Albany-based offshore operator and technician and is now measuring wave height, period and energy spectra and is transmitting this data to Carnegie’s CETO project team.

The measured data will be used to validate the metocean modelling performed at the deployment site and will be fed into the detailed design phase of the CETO 6 unit and the common user infrastructure to maximise performance and survivability of the system and to minimise environmental impact.

The project aims to demonstrate Carnegie’s commercial prototype with the initial project phase including the delivery of an operating CETO 6 unit. Further details of the latest CETO 6 design will be released shortly. Project design and development activities now commenced include consideration of environment, Native Title, planning consent, grid connection studies and approvals. Further consultation will also be undertaken with the local community, industry and other stakeholder groups.

The Albany Wave Energy Project will be the first offshore demonstration of Carnegie’s CETO 6 technology. The Project will design, manufacture and install a CETO 6 unit in Carnegie’s existing licence area offshore from Torbay and Sandpatch in Albany during the 2019/2020 summer weather window.

In addition to demonstrating Carnegie’s world renowned WA developed and owned technology, the Project will also deliver common user infrastructure at the Albany site which Carnegie will make available for other wave energy industry developers once the CETO 6 project is complete.

Carnegie has previously announced that the Western Australian Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development awarded a $15.75m grant to the CETO technology and Albany Wave Energy Project following the completion of an internationally competitive tender process for wave energy developers that attracted submissions from around the globe. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has also approved Carnegie’s request to move ARENA’s CETO 6 Project funding from Garden Island to Albany, subject to the signing of the detailed documentation.

In addition, the WA Government awarded $3.75 million to the University of Western Australia to establish and manage an associated Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany, Western Australia. The Wave Energy Research Centre will elevate Western Australia to the forefront of offshore renewable energy research and technology and bring together more than 30 researchers to support Carnegie’s ongoing research into wave, tidal and offshore wind energy. Carnegie will continue to use its Garden Island site for its own wave energy research and prototype testing as well as working with other wave energy developers at the site.

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

Link to AltEnergy project database: Albany Wave Energy Project



The Department of Defence released tender for “Generation and supply of electricity from a solar photovoltaic power generation system” at each of the following Northern Territory defence bases:

(i) Robertson Barracks – 9.2 Megawatts

(ii) RAAF Base Darwin – 3.3 Megawatts

The power producer will own and operate the power generation systems, and will be responsible for their design, construction and ultimate decommissioning.” Tender submissions close on 19 December 2017 and more details are available here.


McGowan Labor Government to secure renewable future

8 November

  • ​Joint Synergy and private sector initiative to develop significant renewable energy projects at Warradarge Wind Farm and Greenough River Solar Farm
  • New renewable energy projects to meet 2020 target and create hundreds of new jobs
  • Focus on ensuring new projects are developed in line with Budget repair measures

The McGowan Labor Government has approved State-owned energy generator and retailer, Synergy, to enter into a joint venture with a private sector investor to build the new Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba.

The final capacity size of the Warradarge Wind Farm, which can be developed up to 250MW and is recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia due to its location, will be determined on completion of the engineering, procurement and construction contract tendering process that is currently underway.

Synergy and its partner will also jointly develop Stage 2 of the Greenough River Solar Farm south of Geraldton to increase its capacity from 10MW to 40MW.

This joint initiative will ensure Synergy meets its Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) obligations through local projects and will create about 200 new construction jobs.

Under Commonwealth legislation, the LRET scheme requires 33,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy to be produced nationally by 2020 and those levels maintained until 2030.

Comments attributed to Energy Minister Ben Wyatt:

"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to ensuring there is a sustainable plan for the State's transition to a cleaner energy future and in such a way that is fiscally responsible with minimal impact to electricity consumers and taxpayers.

"I am delighted to announce that the McGowan Government has delivered a plan to ensure that the State meets its 2020 renewable energy commitments - something the former government failed to achieve - and that we will do so in such a way that contributes to repairing the state of the Budget.

"We will also create about 200 new construction jobs in regional Western Australia through securing the development of Stage 2 of the Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton and Warradarge Wind Farm near Eneabba.

"The State has a great future in renewables and this is something everyone should be excited about."

Source: WA Government


DP Energy appoints contractors to build Australia’s largest hybrid renewable power station

9 November

International renewable energy company DP Energy has appointed preferred suppliers Vestas and Downer to develop Stage 1 of its Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park, which when complete will be Australia’s largest hybrid renewable power station.

The power station will be fuelled by a combination of wind and solar power, with wind-energy leader Vestas selected as the preferred supplier for the wind turbines and engineering firm Downer the solar energy component. Vestas will also be responsible for the control system to integrate the energy production of the solar and wind energy components.

The Energy Park is scheduled to be completed in two stages with the first stage delivering a 375 megawatt (MW) facility, comprising around 220MW of wind power and 150MW of solar power. Stage 2 includes additional solar capacity as well as battery storage capacity of nominally 300MW and 400MW respectively.

Once complete the power station will connect to the national electricity network via the nearby Davenport substation and is projected to produce 1,000 gigawatt hour (GWh) per annum, enough to power 200,000 South Australian households each year, with an emissions saving of approximately 470,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.

Established more than 20 years ago, Irish-based DP Energy has successfully completed 13 renewable energy projects around the world with another eight currently under development. The projects variously incorporate wind, solar and tidal energy technologies, with Port Augusta selected as the site for the first hybrid renewable facility due to the region’s unique wind profile and consistently strong solar resource.

The wind component of the Port Augusta power station will be largely driven by thermal winds, which result from temperature differences between land and sea. The significant advantage of thermal winds is wind strength increases throughout the day, which means energy production peaks early evening when demand for power is greatest. This effect is stronger during summer when seasonal demand is greatest. The power station will also be supported by solar energy.

Construction is expected to commence in the second quarter of next year, creating 250 jobs during the construction phase, peaking at 600 at the height of the development. DP Energy estimates the cost of the project at approximately $600m, with a significant proportion to be spent in the regional economy of Port Augusta.

DP Energy CEO Simon De Pietro said the company had been working on the project for several years. “Up until now we’ve been focussed on proving the viability of the concept. The appointment of our preferred key contractors, Vestas and Downer, represents a significant milestone in the progression of the project. We’ve also secured the support of a lead infrastructure investor, which is very encouraging and further ensures the development of the facility,” said Mr De Pietro.

“A critically important component of our power station is the thermal wind generation capacity. The wind farm will be producing at maximum strength at the peak of local electricity demand. This will be further complemented by high levels of solar power generation. Matching supply with demand ensures maximum efficiency and reliability.”

DP Energy Business Development Manager, Catherine Way, said the power station would deliver reliable 21st century clean energy. “Renewable energy projects have become mainstream now, with prices cheaper than new build gas and coal stations helped by lower operating costs as the resources are free,” said Ms Way.

“When the facility is fully complete the end result has the potential to be a game changer for energy production and provision in Australia.”

Stage 2 of the Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park includes the option for synchronous condensers; when coupled with the battery storage capacity of Stage 2 will ensure the facility can provide not only dispatchable renewable energy, but also fulfil many of the network stability functions normally associated with conventional coal and gas generation.

Source: DP Energy

Link to AltEnergy project database: Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park


RCR awarded limited notice to proceed for the $170m (approximately) Haughton Solar Farm

10 November

Diversified engineering and infrastructure company, RCR Tomlinson Ltd (ASX: RCR), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to commence work under a Limited Notice to Proceed (“LNTP”) for the 100MWac Haughton Solar Farm, being developed by Pacific Hydro Australia (“Pacific Hydro”).

The LNTP provides for development of essential site works, engineering and design, and the procurement of critical and long-lead items.

The project is subject to final investment decision (“FID”) by Pacific Hydro and other approvals. RCR and Pacific Hydro will finalise the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contract for the first stage (100MWac) of the Haughton Solar Farm, while engineering is based on Stage 1 and 2 totalling 300MWac. Stage 1 is expected to commence in March 2018 with commissioning expected to complete in January 2019.

The proposed Haughton Solar Farm has planning approval to extend capacity up to 500MWac and is located in south of Townsville in Queensland.

RCR Managing Director & CEO, Dr Paul Dalgleish said “We are very pleased to be working with Pacific Hydro to deliver this significant large-scale utility solar energy project generating an initial 100MWac of power.

RCR continues to lead the development and EPC delivery of large-scale solar and other renewable energy infrastructure. The award also reflects RCR’s application of Engineering Intelligence to renewable projects, which provides RCR with a significant competitive advantage.

Subject to finalisation of an EPC contract, this new renewable energy project will add to RCR’s order book and positions RCR for growth in FY18 and into FY19, said Dr Dalgleish.

Source: RCR Tomlinson

Link to AltEnergy project database: Haughton Solar Farm



Gregory Solar Farm

Referral submitted to the federal Department of the Environment & Energy for the proposed Gregory Solar Farm, to be located approximately 50km north-east of Emerald in Queensland. The proposal is for a PV plant with an upper capacity of 215 MW, covering an area of 872 hectares, and supplying electricity to the national electricity grid. The solar farm may include an energy storage system which would consist of batteries contained in enclosures the size of shipping containers. The inclusion of batteries will depend on future cost reductions and the solar farm project would not depend on them for viability. Battery storage could be retrofitted in the future. Construction would last for a period of up to 18 months. Up to 100 staff would be employed during the peak period. Powerlink’s Lilyvale Substation is located within 200m west of the site.


Colin Liebmann


Gregory Solar Farm Pty Ltd



Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park

UPC Renewables’ submitted EPBC Act referral for proposed Robbins Island Renewable Energy Park on Robbins Island in far north-west Tasmania. The park is predominantly a wind energy project, with the potential for some supplemental solar photovoltaic generation also. The project is proposed to have a power generating capacity of 400 – 1000 MW, dependant on final design parameters.  The method of power transmission from Robbins Island to the NEM has not been finalised at this stage, with potential transmission pathways including a second interconnector cable between Tasmania and Victoria. The project includes the construction of a substation on Robbins Island, a switching station at West Montagu on mainland Tasmania, a transmission line from the Robbins Island substation to the network switching station, and a transmission line from the West Montagu network switching station to either the existing Smithton substation or a new substation associated with a new Bass Strait interconnector (which is proposed to be located east of Smithton).

The project will involve the installation of an array of up to 200 wind turbine towers over the western two-thirds of the island over a total area of approximately 6500 ha, with a potential disturbance footprint of 700-900 ha. The number of turbines constructed will vary depending on the generating capacity of wind turbine generator that is ultimately selected, along with environmental constraints and the wind resource on the island. Each wind turbine tower is proposed to have a power generating capacity of 4-7 MW, utilising the latest available technology. In addition to the wind turbines, there is also the potential to install up to 20 MW of solar PV and associated batteries on the site, which would require a cleared area of up to 60 ha.


David Pollington

Chief Operating Officer

UPC Renewables


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