NEW PROJECT

1,500 MW solar farm planned

4 May

Somerset Regional Council has confirmed receipt of a development application for a large solar power plant spread over a 2,055 hectare site east of Harlin along the D’Aguilar Highway.

The proposed plant would have final capacity of 1,500 megawatts, making it larger than the Sunraysia solar farm in NSW, currently Australia’s largest under construction, at 250 MW. Other Australian solar farms of up to 1,000 MW have been proposed.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said, “This is a complex development application put together by Ethos Urban planning consultants, who have been involved in other large infrastructure projects throughout Australia, on behalf of Sunshine Energy Australia Pty Ltd.”

“We understand the attractions of the site include its proximity to the existing high voltage power network and proximity to Brisbane.”

“The site has been largely cleared in the past and is within one hour of the 570 MW pumped storage hydroelectric plant at Splityard Creek which is also in Somerset Regional Council area.”

“The development application includes two substations, facilities for up to 60 employees and provision for battery storage.”

“The application has been referred to various government departments and agencies for their input and we will carefully assess it against our planning scheme like any other proposal,” he said.

Source: Somerset Regional Council

NOTE: Sunshine Energy Australia Pty Ltd was registered with ASIC in March 2017 and has two directors; Chi Man Li and Anthony John Youssef.

 

Whakatāne District Council to investigate renewable energy with Meridian

4 May

Meridian Energy and Whakatāne District Council will work together to investigate a number of local renewable energy projects to support the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Meridian Energy’s General Manager of Strategy and Finance, Paul Chambers, says Meridian has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council, which will see them work together to explore opportunities to harness the benefits of renewable energy and help inform the development of the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan and meet its goals.

“We’ve built up internal expertise at Meridian in anticipation of helping get small scale renewable energy projects off the ground with our customers.”

Under the MoU, Meridian will use its in-house expertise in solar energy, battery storage, electric vehicle charging and community energy tariffs to identify potential projects across the Council’s sites.

As New Zealand’s largest 100% renewable energy generator, Meridian is committed to working with likeminded organisations to help put projects together that work for their customers and combat climate change.

Whakatāne District Mayor Tony Bonne says the programme represents “the first comprehensive distributed energy project by a local government organisation that aims to deliver carbon reductions, resilience and also engage the community. The Council is committed to demonstrating sustainability leadership by focusing on reducing our environmental impact, and working with Meridian on these key renewable energy projects will enable us to do that.”

“It’s great that the Council is also considering the feasibility of electric vehicles for its fleet to further reduce their emissions. We know that electrifying New Zealand’s transport sector is one of the ways that we can reduce our emissions and reliance on fossil fuels,” says Chambers.

Both parties are committed to reaching agreement on whether to proceed with three solar energy trial sites by the end of June 2018. At least one of these sites will include battery storage.

Source: Meridian Energy

 

PROJECT NEWS

Shoalhaven pumped hydro storage expansion

7 May

Origin has completed pre-feasibility work on an expansion of its Shoalhaven pumped hydro storage project, looking at two options – a 160 MW expansion and an approximate 235 MW expansion. The latter involves the construction of an underground station with minimal surface impacts.

Ahead of announcing a full feasibility study, Origin is leaning more towards the second, larger option, which would see Shoalhaven expand to approximately the same size as Wivenhoe in Queensland.

The current 240 MW project can provide 28 hours of continuous operation under its water allowance. The Shoalhaven Scheme features two hydro-power facilities, the 160 MW Kangaroo Valley and 80 MW Bendeela plants.

Under current planning, Origin Energy is aiming to approve the $250mil expansion project in early 2019 for commissioning in 2021/2022.

 

Nominate now for the Clean Energy Council Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Clean Energy Council Awards close in less than a month. The awards recognise the achievements of businesses and individuals working in the clean energy sector, and are highly regarded as one of the renewable energy industry's highest honours. The awards will be presented at the 2018 Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner, and are always one of the highlights of the evening.

The deadline to get your early bird tickets for the 2018 Australian Clean Energy Summit, which is being held at ICC Sydney from 31 July - 1 August, is fast approaching. Make sure to book your tickets before 31 May to take advantage of this fantastic offer to attend Australia's premier renewable energy event. 

Nominations are open for the Clean Energy Council Awards across the following three categories:

Innovation (open to businesses)

Business Community Engagement (open to businesses)

Outstanding Contribution to Industry (open to individuals)

With past winners including Chloe Munro, the former head of the Clean Energy Regulator, Fiona O'Hehir, the CEO of Greenbank Environmental, the Climate Council, Carnegie Wave Energy and United Energy, the awards are one of the renewable energy industry's most prestigious honours.  

The awards will be presented at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner on Tuesday 31 July, and are always one of the highlights of the evening. Nominations close on 31 May.

Visit our website for more information about each of the award categories, to submit a nomination or to read about the past winners.

Source Clean Energy Council

 

PROJECT NEWS

Lake Bonney Wind Farm

Infigen Energy is seeking approvals to construct and operate a 25 MW/52 MWH Battery Energy Storage System and connection to Mayurra substation at German Flat in South Australia. The proposed Battery Energy Storage System and substation extension is considered to be ancillary to the Lake Bonney Windfarm development.

The proposed Battery Energy Storage System will comprise the following components –

- 300 battery units;

- 48 inverters;

- 8 Medium-Voltage transformers;

- Associated cabling and communication systems required for the interconnection of the Battery Energy Storage System; and

- Electrical Balance of Plant (EBOP) components to connect the proposed facility with the existing Mayurra substation.

The Mayurra substation will also be extended to facilitate this connection. The area to be occupied by the proposed Battery Energy Storage System measures 100 metres x 100 metres (being 10,000 m2 or 1 hectare) while the area to be occupied for the substation extension works is 60 metres x 25 metres (being 1,500 m2).

 

Golden Plains Wind Farm set to deliver unprecedented opportunities

8 May

Liberal MP, Richard Riordan’s electorate of Polwarth enjoys some of the best wind resources in the developed world so it’s no wonder there are companies knocking down the door to harness this resource.

The Golden Plains Wind Farm will deliver unprecedented economic opportunities for the community around Rokewood in Mr Riordan’s electorate. There are genuine planning issues to be resolved with any development of this scale and you would expect a local MP to turn his attention to them. But far from embracing the project, Mr Riordan is speaking against it. One guesses that if the resource was, say, iron ore, Mr Riordan would be doing everything he could to facilitate the investment and promote new, local jobs.

This is a bigger question for the state Opposition. Wind power is now the cheapest option for the replacement of Victoria’s dirty, increasingly unreliable coal-fired power fleet. It is likely that new wind farms built under the Victorian Renewable Energy Target will dampen power prices for Victorians. Yet, the Opposition has pledged to scrap the VRET if elected.

If it has a serious alternative to reduce power prices and emissions at the same time, now is the time to tell us about it.

Source: Australian Wind Alliance

 

Renewable energy jobs reach 10.3 million worldwide in 2017

8 May

The renewable energy industry created more than 500,000 new jobs globally in 2017, a 5.3 per cent increase from 2016, according to the latest figures released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). According to the fifth edition of Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review, launched at IRENA’s 15th Council in Abu Dhabi today, the total number of people employed in the sector (including large hydropower) now stands at 10.3 million globally, surpassing the 10 million figure for the first time.

China, Brazil, the United States, India, Germany and Japan remain the world’s largest renewable energy employers, representing more than 70 per cent of all industry jobs globally. Although growing numbers of countries are reaping the socio-economic benefits of renewables, the bulk of manufacturing takes place in relatively few countries and domestic markets vary enormously in size. Sixty per cent of all renewable energy jobs are in Asia.

“Renewable energy has become a pillar of low-carbon economic growth for governments all over the world, a fact reflected by the growing number of jobs created in the sector.” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

“The data also underscores an increasingly regionalised picture, highlighting that in countries where attractive policies exist, the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy are most evident,” continued Mr. Amin. “Fundamentally, this data supports our analysis that decarbonisation of the global energy system can grow the global economy and create up to 28 million jobs in the sector by 2050.”

The solar PV industry remains the largest employer of all renewable energy technologies, accounting for close to 3.4 million jobs, up almost 9 per cent from 2016 following a record 94 gigawatts (GW) of installations in 2017. China was estimated to account for two-thirds of PV jobs – equivalent to 2.2 million – representing an expansion of 13 per cent over the previous year.

Despite a slight dip in Japan and the United States, the two countries followed China as the largest markets for solar PV employment in the world. India and Bangladesh complete a top five that accounts for around 90 per cent of global solar PV jobs.

Jobs in the wind industry contracted slightly last year to 1.15 million worldwide. While wind jobs are found in a relatively small number of countries, the degree of concentration is lower than in the solar PV sector. China accounts for 44 per cent of global wind employment, followed by Europe and North America with 30 and 10 per cent, respectively. Half of the top ten countries with the largest installed capacity of wind power in the world are European.

“The energy transformation is one of improving economic opportunity and a rise in social wellbeing as countries implement supportive policies and attractive regulatory frameworks to fuel industrial growth and sustainable job creation,” said Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Head of IRENA’s Policy Unit and Deputy Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance.

“By providing policy makers with this level of detail about the composition of renewable energy employment and skills requirements, countries can make informed decisions on several important national objectives, from education and training, to industrial policies and labour market regulations,” continued Dr. Ferroukhi. “Such considerations will support a fair and equitable transition to a renewables based energy system.”

Download the full report here.

Source: IRENA

 

Budget delivers for energy, reef and environment

8 May

The Turnbull Government is taking strong action to reduce energy prices.

We are committed to giving Australian households and businesses affordable, reliable energy, while also meeting our international commitments.

Energy:

The Government is powering forward with a $41.5 million investment to help keep the lights on and to put downward pressure on power bills.

An investment of $28.7 million over five years from 2017-18 will allow the Government to push ahead with its national leadership on energy policy, including:

  • the design and development of Australia’s first integrated climate and energy policy in the form of the National Energy Guarantee;
  • the implementation of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review);
  • better forecasting and modelling to ensure the security and resilience of Australia’s energy infrastructure;
  • the creation of a consumer access data platform which will empower consumers to get a better deal on their power bill by giving them more information about their energy usage;
  • allowing the Commonwealth to continue leading the work of the COAG Energy Council in pursuing our ambitious energy agenda along with state and territory governments; and
  • improving the functioning of Australia’s gas market by following up the Prime Minister’s agreement with LNG exporters and continuing to address market transparency, liquidity and competition issues.

This leadership role also requires that the Government receives the best and most up-to-date advice regarding Australia’s energy future. We will invest $12.8 million over six years from 2018-19 in revitalised energy security and resilience assessments as recommended by the Finkel Review, with an additional $4.9 million every three years from 2024-25.

The energy security and resilience assessments include an accelerated examination of Australia’s domestic liquid fuel security to be completed by the end of this year. Australia’s liquid fuel supply increasingly depends on overseas sources and relies on market forces to maintain reliability and affordability. The assessment will identify whether the Government should take further steps to ensure Australia’s domestic fuel supply is reliable.

Source: Federal Government

 

Budget blow: No cash to tackle climate change

9 May

Australia’s response to intensifying extreme weather events remains at the bottom of the national agenda, after the Federal Budget tonight failed to deliver funding towards measures to tackle worsening climate change.

Climate Council Acting CEO Dr Martin Rice said it was disappointing the Federal Government’s 2018 Budget had appeared to ignore climate change, despite the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution levels continuing to rise for more than three consecutive years.

“The Federal Government’s continuous failure to seriously tackle climate change is an embarrassment,” he said.

“Australia is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in the developed world, with worsening extreme weather events including severe heatwaves, supercharged storms, heavy rainfall, flooding, droughts and bushfires.”

Budget 2018 has proposed $37.6 million over five years towards implementing the recommendations of the Finkel Review, the Energy Security Board’s planned National Energy Guarantee (NEG) and improving the functioning of the gas market but fell short on new funding to embrace the rollout of clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technology.

“Australia is at risk of further cementing its reputation as a global laggard when it comes to slashing growing greenhouse gas pollution levels and tackling climate change. We cannot continue to sit on our hands, while nations like New Zealand and France show real climate leadership.”

Dr Rice said the Federal Government’s earlier budget announcement of a $500 million Great Barrier Reef package would do little to tackle the biggest threat to the iconic reef that was devastated by back to back bleaching in 2016 and 2017.

“$500 million towards combating water quality issues, such as agricultural runoff and the culling of the crown-of-thorns-starfish will do little to address the root cause of the problem and is nothing more than a gold-plated bandaid solution,” he said.

“Intensifying climate change is the real culprit, responsible for driving severe marine heatwaves leading to unprecedented mass coral bleaching in 2016 and again in 2017.”

“The solution is here. Australia must rollout credible climate and energy policy that ramps up our transition to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technology, while moving away from our polluting fossil fuel past. The only thing standing in our way is political will.”

Source: Climate Council

 

Solar project to save council and ratepayers millions

9 May

Mackay Regional Council expects to save ratepayers nearly $17 million in electricity costs over the next two decades after awarding a solar installation tender today.

As part of the renewable energy project, solar power will be installed at 21 council facilities, including the main administration building, Artspace and the MECC in the Civic Precinct.

Other sites range from the Dudley Denny and Gordon White libraries to Bluewater Lagoon, as well as various depots and water and sewerage treatment plants throughout the region.

An ordinary meeting of council today awarded the tender to Akcome Power Pty Ltd for $2.199 million, excluding GST.

Council was told small energy certificates would provide credits of $541,890 to be offset against the capital cost, meaning the actual cost of the project would be just over $1.97 million.

Installation will happen before the end of 2018, meaning savings will be realised quickly and in the 2018-19 financial year. Capital costs for the 21 sites will be paid back on average in four years.

Taking into account amounts for replacement inverters, maintenance costs and the initial capital investment, the contract is expected to save $16.89 million over the next 20 years.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the renewable energy project was exciting and represented some excellent cost savings for council.

“Council, like households, has been hard hit by rising electricity prices,’’ he said.

“This fairly modest initial outlay is an investment in the future which will provide ongoing cost savings.”

Akcome Power Pty Ltd’s tender was the lowest tender price and the company also scored well for its quality systems, including warranty period and experience.

The evaluation included reference checks of other solar projects Akcome Power has completed in Australia.

Cr Williamson said consideration was given to the price weighting available under council’s Procurement Policy for local suppliers.

“However, even taking into account this weighting, the successful tenderer’s price was still much lower than other tenders,’’ he said.

“Akcome has advised it will engage local Clean Energy Council of Australia-accredited electricians, as well as local non-accredited experienced electricians to work with them, plus local trades assistants.

“They expect to use 60 to 70 per cent Mackay-area based tradespeople to complete the installation.”

Akcome director Allen Zhu said the company was committed to supporting the local community through the project.

He said as well as the use of local trades during installation, ongoing maintenance support would be provided from the Brisbane-based head office to a skilled local team.

“We’re extremely happy to have been awarded this project and look forward to working with council.”

Council initially investigated large scale renewable energy options through an expression of interest (EOI) process, but concluded they were not financially viable at this time.

The 16 shortlisted respondents from the EOI were, however, given an opportunity to tender for the supply and installation of small scale solar at council facilities.

A total of 10 tenders were received, with four tenderers subsequently invited to conduct site visits and submit revised prices.

Source: Mackay Regional Council

 

Review of Queensland's energy legislation

Since Queensland's energy legislation was first introduced, the energy sector has undergone rapid and disruptive change. New technologies, services and business models are challenging how the electricity and gas supply industries should be regulated.

We are reviewing the Electricity Act 1994, the Gas Supply Act 2003 and the Energy and Water Ombudsman Act 2006 to assess how well the legislation is functioning, and whether it is able to keep up with changes in the industry.

The legislation regulates the state’s electricity and gas supply industries including:

- who can generate and import electricity into the grid

- who can supply electricity and gas

- rights to install and maintain works on private and public lands

- technical requirements and standards

- dispute resolution arrangements

- emergency powers.

This review will be an opportunity for consumers, industry and government to work together to ensure the right regulatory framework is in place to best support Queensland's energy future.

Get involved

Visit the Get involved website to read the issues paper and provide feedback. Submissions close on 19 June 2018 at 5pm.

For more information, email energyreview@dnrme.qld.gov.au.

Source: Queensland Government

 

PROJECT NEWS

Springdale Solar Farm

Renew Estate’s Springdale Solar Farm in Sutton, NSW will require assessment and approval under the action EPBC Act before it can proceed due to “listed threatened species and communities”.  Renew Estate is proposing to construct the 120 MW solar farm situated on approximately 350 hectares of land, currently used for grazing.  It will connect to a new substation to export electricity to the existing 132 kV transmission line that crosses the site.

 

PROJECT NEWS

Snowy Hydro 2.0

Snowy Hydro Limited is seeking approvals to start Exploratory Works for its proposed Snowy 2.0 project, a large scale pumped hydro-electric storage and generation project. Snowy 2.0 would increase pumped hydro‐electric capacity within the existing Snowy Mountains Hydro‐electric Scheme (Snowy Scheme). This would be achieved by establishing a new underground hydro‐electric power station that will increase the generation capacity of the Snowy Scheme by almost 50%, providing an additional 2,000 megawatts (MW) generating capacity, and providing approximately 350 gigawatt hours (GWh) of storage available to the National Electricity Market (NEM) at any one time, which is critical to ensuring system security as Australia transitions to a decarbonised NEM. Snowy 2.0 would link the existing Tantangara and Talbingo reservoirs within the Snowy Scheme through a series of underground tunnels and hydro‐electric power station.

Exploratory Works includes the construction of an exploratory tunnel and portal, establishment of a construction compound and supporting infrastructure, excavated rock stockpile and the construction and upgrade of new and existing access infrastructure. The primary purpose of the Exploratory Works is to gain a greater understanding of the underground conditions at the proposed location of the power station cavern.

Contact: Andrew Nolan

EMM Consulting

Tel: (02) 6453 2888

Email: dpeake@emmconsulting.com.au

 

Tilt Renewables report for the year ended 31 March 2018

10 May

Strategy and market outlook

The last 12 months have seen renewable energy cement its position as the lowest cost option for replacing Australia’s ageing fleet of thermal generation. The details of the design of the proposed National Energy Guarantee are still to be worked through, however the discussion has moved towards market structures and technology options that support increased renewables penetration into the Australian electricity market. Tilt Renewables is positioned to benefit from the transition with wind, solar, energy storage and other firming options now part of the development pipeline.

Tilt Renewables continues to reinforce its reputation as a leader in the renewable industry, with a unique platform of high quality operational assets, a diverse portfolio of development options and clear abilities to bring projects to market, leveraging its flexible funding and contracting models. The 54MW Salt Creek Wind Farm, which is in the final stages of construction, demonstrates this flexibility with financial close achieved on a fully merchant investment, leveraging the strength of the existing highly contracted operational portfolio.

Subsequently, the project was de-risked via a 12.5 year energy offtake contract with Meridian Energy Australia, positioning the business for flexibility in the next project execution.

This flexible approach has also allowed Tilt Renewables to lodge a fully debt and equity supported bid into the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Auction Scheme with the 336 MW Dundonnell wind project. If the bid is successful, financial close on this significant project is expected to be reached in late 2018.

The outlook for growth opportunities in New Zealand has also improved over the last 12 months with the business securing a consented North Island option at Waverly and the proposed production uplift at Tiwai Point aluminum smelter expected to lift South Island electricity demand in the near term.

Tilt Renewables now has a development pipeline in Australia of close to 3,000 MW of wind, solar, and storage projects as well as 530 MW of wind projects in New Zealand. This is one of the best development portfolios in the industry which, when combined with the high quality operating assets and internal capability across the asset lifecycle, places the company in an enviable position to benefit from the ongoing focus on renewables within the electricity market.

The diversity and flexibility of the Group’s development portfolio has been further enhanced with early-stage options for both pumped-hydro and battery storage now included in the portfolio.

Source: Tilt Renewables

 

Department of Defence RAF Delamere Microgrid

11 May

Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX: CCE) is pleased to provide an update from its 100% owned subsidiary, Energy Made Clean, on the Delamere Air Weapons Range microgrid project.

The solar farm construction on site is now complete and the battery energy storage system (BESS) has completed manufacture and factory acceptance testing. The project has now entered its final phase which involves installing the BESS containers, primary and standby diesel generators and solar invertors at site ahead of site acceptance testing and commissioning.

Carnegie’s Managing Director, Dr Michael Ottaviano said, “The Delamere microgrid project is exactly the sort of complex, high value project that EMC is uniquely positioned to deliver. Increasingly, off grid and fringe of grid customers are seeking a combination of cost effective, reliable and clean energy solutions that can now be achieved by these state of the art microgrids.”

“Projects of this size, with a contract value of $3-4 million, have put EMC on track to record revenues in the current half of the 2018 financial year.”

EMC was awarded a contract to design, construct and install a Microgrid System at the Delamere Air Weapons Range in the Northern Territory of Australia in a competitive tender process in 2017. This innovative solar, battery and diesel off-grid microgrid system will supply high penetration solar power to approximately 200kVA peak load and will deliver reliable, 24/7 power resulting in a 61% diesel consumption saving over a diesel only system.

Recent progress over the past months has included:

  • Factory acceptance testing and factory witness testing successfully completed at EMC Belmont facilities in Perth. This involved the rigorous testing of the BESS containers, primary generators, solar invertors and microgrid control system
  • Mobilisation of the BESS containers to the Delamere site
  • Construction of the solar array at site completed

The project is on track for completion in Quarter 3 2018.

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

 

Enough capacity under construction or already built to meet the Renewable Energy Target

11 May

The May market update provides our view on progress towards the 2020 target and key factors that may impact future large-scale generation certificate (LGC) supply and demand.

Current market observations

  • There is now 6553 megawatts of capacity from new renewable energy projects under construction or already built, which is considerably more than the 6400 megawatts of capacity required to meet the 2020 Renewable Energy Target.
  • There is an additional 1454 megawatts of projects subject to power purchase agreements that are likely to be fully financed and under construction this calendar year.
  • These figures take into account build that has currently applied for accreditation at the lower end of the range of the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (100KW–1MW). The Clean Energy Regulator is able to track this build from accreditation applications, but this is generally not visible to the market. Additional build over the year will add to aggregate supply.
  • We expect the 2020 Renewable Energy Target will be exceeded at current build levels.
  • The judgement that the Renewable Energy Target will be exceeded takes into account the effect of updated AEMO marginal loss factors and expected curtailment as a result of network congestion.
  • The Clean Energy Regulator is aware of other projects that are likely to be announced in the near term.
  • If the spot LGC price remains high, additional electricity retailers may time shift demand by either carrying forward less than 10 percent of their liability to later years or by paying the shortfall charge.
  • Around $238 million, or the equivalent of 3.66 million certificates, of shortfall charge is in consolidated revenue, which may be redeemed in the future.
  • We remain confident the market will continue to operate with a healthy working surplus of around 5 million LGCs in 2018 and 2019. The surplus should start to increase again from 2020.

Source: Clean Energy Regulator

 

PROJECT UPDATE

Aurora Solar Energy Project

Solar Reserve Australia submitted a variation to its development application for the proposed Aurora Solar Energy solar thermal project, approximately 30km north of Port Augusta in South Australia, to add a 70 MW solar farm on a 200 ha site immediately north of the facility, and include more options for the approved transmission line route to connect the site with the electricity grid.

Solar PV is proposed to be included to improve the overall efficiency and electricity generation output from the Aurora Solar Energy Project. The solar thermal facility needs electricity to power heliostat trackers, pumps, lighting, and associated general electrical equipment, both during operations and when the solar thermal power station is not supplying electricity to the grid. This electricity would be supplied from the solar thermal facility itself when operating and from the grid when it is not operating. SolarReserve proposes to construct and operate the Solar PV to supply the Project's electricity demand, which will enable the Project to supply more fully dispatchable electricity to the grid and reduce the need to draw electricity from the grid when the facility is not operating.

The Solar PV is proposed to be located to the north of the solar thermal power station, within the same parcel of land. The site for the PV has been selected as it avoids sensitive Aboriginal heritage sites identified during siting investigations for the solar thermal facility. It also has sufficient space to install a 70 MW solar PV array, maintenance facilities and associated infrastructure.

 

PROJECT UPDATE

Twin Creek Wind Farm

RES Australia submits a development application for its proposed Twin Creek Wind Farm and Energy Storage project to be located between the townships of Kapunda, Eudunda and Truro in South Australia

The project will involve the construction and operation of up to a maximum of 51 wind turbine generators. Each wind turbine generator has a generation capacity of around 3.6 MW and a total installed capacity of up to 183 MW. The project includes a 50 MW battery energy storage facility.

The proposed development incorporates the following elements:

- Up to 51 Wind Turbines Generators (WTG);

- The development application is based on Vestas V136 turbine as a candidate turbine, however the final turbine model will be subject to a competitive tender process post Development Plan Consent;

- Each WTG has an indicative capacity of 3.6 MW, however the exact capacity may vary with selection of the final turbine model

- A 275kV overhead transmission line for approximately 15 kilometres from the on-site substation to the terminal substation and tee in to the Robertstown to Tungkillo 275 kW transmission line.

- Two substations

- A battery energy storage facility with an indicative capacity of 215 MW;. The facility includes up to 24 containerised energy storage enclosures (which house batteries, inverters, transformers, racking and associated electrical equipment), a control building and switchroom. The capacity of the energy storage may alter with the selection of the final infrastructure and is subject to the conditions of the Office of Technical Regulator.

Contact: Daniel Leahy

Development Project Manger

RES Australia Pty Ltd

Tel: (02) 8440 7422

Email: daniel.leahy@res-group.com

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