Hiringa & Ballance welcome government support for world-first green energy project

7 March

Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Hiringa Energy have welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters’ announcement today, with a $19.9 million investment from the government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to support the establishment of a world-first ‘green’ hydrogen project in Taranaki.

The $50 million Green Hydrogen project at Kapuni has the potential to be a catalyst for New Zealand’s transition to a sustainable, hydrogen-based transport network. The project will support significant regional economic growth through procurement, employment and opportunities for local contractors, as well as leveraging existing energy sector infrastructure and expertise in Taranaki.

The PGF investment will enable the project partners to accelerate the construction of industrial scale hydrogen from an electrolyser. The electrolyser will be powered by four large wind turbines close to Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ ammonia-urea plant in Kapuni.  The installed wind generation capacity of at least 16MW, will also supply renewable electricity directly to the plant. The green hydrogen will be used as both feedstock into the ammonia-urea plant to reduce the plant’s environmental footprint, and as a zero-emission transport fuel.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients CEO, Mark Wynne, says “we’re very appreciative to the government, for this show of support and confidence in the project, and what it could mean for the future of carbon-neutral transport in New Zealand. These funds will be instrumental to advancing the next phase for the project.

“Ballance and Hiringa connected at a Venture Taranaki event a number of years back, and it quickly became apparent that both organisations were interested in and committed to developing green hydrogen solutions as part of a low-emissions future. It was a real meeting of the minds. We first conceived the project back in 2017 – and it very much reflects our shared commitment to exploring and transitioning to renewable energy sources".

Andrew Clennett, CEO of Hiringa Energy, says “partnering with the great team at Ballance Agri-Nutrients allows us to capitalise on the shared skills, resources and knowledge of both organisations, to deliver something of real national significance.

“We hope to provide a scalable model for other industrial operations and future decarbonisation of New Zealand’s agricultural inputs by substituting green hydrogen to replace the current natural gas (CH4) feedstock.

Hiringa is developing a hydrogen refuelling network across New Zealand focussed on decarbonising commercial and heavy vehicle fleets. This project will provide a key green hydrogen supply for network expansion. There is a natural marriage between industry, agriculture and hydrogen. Soon we will be delivering fertiliser made from wind, water and air, and trucks running on fuel made from the same elements, without emissions throughout the process.”

Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ ammonia-urea plant in Kapuni is New Zealand’s largest producer of nitrogen-rich fertiliser – which is critical to all aspects of agricultural food production, including for vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy.

Mark Wynne says, “As a farmer-owned co-operative, with more than 18,500 shareholders around the country, Ballance Agri-Nutrients has a strong focus on Kaitiakitanga - the concept of guardianship and protecting the natural environment. This is why the project also represents another important major step for us towards reducing our environmental footprint across the board, for the benefit of future generations.”

Source: Hiringa Energy

 

Powering skills to power the nation

8 March

The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government recognises that developing a reliable workforce with skills in energy related disciplines is vital to reaching our goal of becoming the nation’s powerhouse for clean, reliable and affordable energy.

Our $16.1 million Energising Tasmania Training Fund will ensure we have the workforce available to build and maintain pumped hydro to support and realise our renewable energy opportunities.

Over the next four years, the Energising Tasmania Training Fund aims to deliver up to 2,500 fully subsidised training places in areas of identified skills need and will provide up to $1,000 per learner to assist with non-tuition costs such as training materials.

Training is expected to be provided in areas such as leadership and project management, engineering, civil construction, electrical generation and power systems.

Delivered through Skills Tasmania, the program is funded through the Australian Government’s Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow initiative, with over $1.4 million available in the first round of grants.

The grant round closes on 30 June 2020 (or until grant funds are fully allocated).

For more information visit: https://www.skills.tas.gov.au/providers/rto/funding_programs_for_endorsed_rtos/energising_tasmania_training_fund

Source: Tasmania Government

 

NEW PROJECT

Whittingham Solar Farm

Location: Whittingham, NSW

Capacity: 90 MW

Developer: RES Australia

LGA: Singleton Council

Status: Landowner consultation started

Description: Plans yet to be finalised for Whittingham Solar Farm proposed on 250 hectare development site adjacent to the New England Highway of which one portion used to graze livestock and the other zoned for industrial development. The project is expected to generate approximately 200 jobs during the construction phase, and several ongoing operational jobs.

Contact: Mike Whitbread

Solar Development Team Manager

RES Australia

Phone: (02) 8440 7400

Email: mike.whitbread@res-group.com

 

Supporting affordable clean energy

8 March

The Morrison Government is further investing in technology solutions that can reduce the energy bills of Australian families and businesses, and drive down carbon emissions.

The Government is investing $68.5 million in the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 (RACE for 2030) Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to improve energy affordability and reliability, and help Australia play its role in reducing global emissions.

The RACE for 2030 CRC will lead collaborative research and innovation to grow Australian energy technology businesses, improve clean energy uptake, while at the same time tackling the grid stability challenges facing new energy technologies, with long-term benefits for all Australians.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the CRC will drive the development of clean energy solutions which are stable and economically viable.

“This investment is a perfect example of how the Morrison Government is taking climate action now, without dipping into the pockets of hard-working Australians,” Minister Andrews said.

“Supporting cutting-edge energy technology and research is a sure-fire path to lower emissions, cheaper power and a reliable grid.

“The cost and reliability of energy is a vital component of running a business. Reducing energy costs for businesses means more money for investment, more production and more jobs – essential elements of a healthy and growing economy.

“For Australian families, this clean energy research offers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint, while also lowering their power bills and freeing up more money in the household budget.”

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the work of the CRC is yet another example of the Government delivering innovative measures for a fairer deal on energy for all Australians.

“Technology, not taxes, will be the way we deliver practical action on emissions reduction. This is why it is so important that we work together with industry and researchers to deploy the right technology when and where it is needed for cheaper bills and lower emissions,” Minister Taylor said.

“We have seen wholesale prices for electricity reduce by an average of 35 per cent on the east coast over the last quarter compared with the same time last year. The CRC’s work will assist in unlocking new technologies for reliable generation to continue this downward cost trend and keep the lights on.

“We’re committed to sensible, practical solutions that reduce emissions, cut power bills, and protect and create jobs.”

The RACE for 2030 CRC’s potential benefits include reducing energy costs by up to 25 per cent, reducing emissions by up to 20 million tonnes and an $8 billion economic benefit by 2034.

The CRC has generated around $280 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry and researchers to drive its work which will be supported by the $68.5 million in Government support under round 21 of the CRC program.

Since 2013, the Government has committed $1.1 billion to support the establishment of 30 CRCs, with industry and research partners contributing $3.4 billion in cash and in-kind contributions.

Source: Federal Government

 

Infigen enters into Collector Wind Farm Power Purchase Agreement

9 March

Infigen (ASX: IFN) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for output from the Collector Wind Farm in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.

The Collector Wind Farm is currently under construction and is owned by RATCH Australia.

Infigen’s strategy is to significantly grow the volume of renewable energy sold to commercial and industrial customers. The acquisition of Smithfield Open Cycle Gas Turbines (OCGT) in May 2019 enables us to substantially increase the volume of renewable energy we can sell under medium to long term supply agreements. Our target is to source an additional 600-700MW of renewable energy capacity, and to sell 70-80% of the expanded electricity volume into firm supply contracts.

This strategy provides our customer base with competitively priced clean energy, and provides Infigen with both business growth and reliable revenues.

The PPA is for 60% of the output from the 227MW Collector Wind Farm, equivalent to 136MW of nameplate capacity. The PPA operates from first production until 31 December 2030. First production is scheduled for late CY20, with the commencement of commercial operations expected in early CY21.

After applying the estimated marginal loss factor, the average annual output to be purchased under the PPA is expected to be ~300GWh of electricity and ~0.30 million LGCs. The terms of this agreement are consistent with current market pricing for bundled PPAs and Infigen’s expectations as outlined to the market at the time of the Smithfield OCGT acquisition.

As a consequence of entering into the Collector Wind Farm PPA, the tenor for the previously announced PPA over the electricity from the 21MW Toora Wind Farm in Victoria, also owned by RATCH Australia, is 3 years, expiring 31 December 2022.

Managing Director, Ross Rolfe, AO, said: “The Collector Wind Farm PPA is an important milestone in the delivery of our strategy. Taken alongside the Toora Wind Farm PPA, Infigen has now delivered 157MW of our 600-700MW growth target, or approximately 40% of the NSW target of 300-400MW. The PPA diversifies our portfolio and will lower the variability of our renewable generation. As we grow our supply of renewable energy, we are able to increase firm electricity sales to customers and drive additional value from our fast start firming assets.”

Source: Infigen

 

Solar farm partnership sought

9 March

WEL Networks is looking to partner with local, community-minded landowners to build a solar farm as part of its approach to address energy hardship in the Waikato region.

The energy produced would be used to help provide a cheaper power solution to those in the community who are in energy hardship.

Requirements for the solar farm include a north-facing site, sized between 10,000m2 to 20,000m2 within the WEL network area and with reasonable access.

The solar farm would be installed and maintained by WEL Networks at no cost to landowners.

By producing clean energy, the solar farm would also provide positive environmental benefits including the reduction of carbon emissions.

“Our goal is to build a solar farm in 2020. This is a community-based solution that we believe will go a long way to benefitting the social fabric of the region by helping reduce energy hardship, which can impact the physical and mental health and overall wellbeing of our communities,” Chief Executive Garth Dibley says.

The suitability of solar farm land options will be assessed with landowners before a preferred site is selected.

If you can help by providing land or if you’d like more information, including detailed requirements, contact WEL Networks Business Development Manager Jack Ninnes jack.ninnes@wel.co.nz

Source: WEL Networks

 

$768-million solar farm receives conditional approval from commission

9 March

The state’s Independent Planning Commission has approved with conditions a new $768-million solar farm on the Northern Tablelands.

UPC Renewables Australia Pty Ltd (the Applicant) sought planning approval for the 720-megawatt New England Solar Farm on 3362 hectares of agricultural land, 6km east of Uralla.

The solar farm would comprise more than 2.4 million solar panels, 150 power conversion units and a lithium-ion battery storage facility. It would connect to TransGrid’s existing transmission line that transects the development site.

The Department of Planning, Industry & Environment finalised its whole-of-government assessment of the proposed development in December last year. The state significant development (SSD) application came to the Commission for determination because 67 public objections were received during exhibition.

Commissioners Andrew Hutton (Panel Chair), Professor Snow Barlow and Professor Zada Lipman were appointed to consider the SSD application and make a final decision.

The Commissioners met with the Applicant, Department and Uralla Shire Council, and conducted an inspection of the site and surrounding area. They also held a public meeting in Uralla in February to listen to the community’s concerns, which centered on compatibility of the proposed land use, visual amenity, transport and traffic management, and decommissioning and rehabilitation.

After carefully considering all the evidence, the Commission has today (Monday 9 March 2020) concluded the proposed solar farm is in the public interest and determined to approve the SSD application, subject to conditions.

In its Statement of Reasons for Decision, the Commission agreed with the Department’s assessment that the development “would not fragment or alienate resource lands … as the land could be easily returned to agricultural land following decommissioning, and the inherent agricultural capability of the land would not be affected.”

It also agreed with the Department that the proposed exclusion zones and implementation of the recommended conditions would ensure there are “no significant visual impacts” on surrounding residences, and that the “rural character and visual quality of the area would be preserved as far as practicable”.

However, the Commission did impose a new condition requiring the Applicant to make vegetation screening available to an impacted adjoining resident.

The Commission found the transport and traffic impacts associated with the project can be appropriately mitigated and managed through conditions of consent – noting that the Applicant will be required to prepare a Traffic Management Plan for the solar farm in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services and Uralla Shire Council, which will ensure where road upgrades are proposed, they will be completed to the standard expected by the RMS and Council.

And while the Commission acknowledged the Applicant, as part of its lease agreement, is obliged to return the land to a suitable agricultural use, it concluded the decommissioning of the solar farm and rehabilitation of the site should be planned appropriately ahead of the cessation of operations. It, therefore, imposed a new condition requiring the Applicant to prepare a Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan within three years of commencing operations.

“[A]long with the Department’s recommended conditions relating to the decommissioning and rehabilitation of solar farms that this [new condition requiring the preparation of a Decommissioning and Rehabilitation Plan] would appropriately mitigate the possibility that the Site would not be suitably decommissioned and rehabilitated at the end of its investment or operational life,” the Commission concluded.

It stated, “The Commission has determined that the Application should be granted consent subject to conditions which have been designed to:

  • prevent, minimise and/or offset adverse environmental impacts;
  • set standards and performance measures for acceptable environmental performance;
  • require regular monitoring and reporting; and
  • provide for the on-going environmental management of the development.”

The Commission’s full Statement of Reasons for Decision is available here:

https://www.ipcn.nsw.gov.au/projects/2019/12/new-england-solar-farm-ssd-9255

Source: NSW IPC

 

More than $15 million for regional energy projects

10 March

Seven regional energy projects will share in more than $15 million of funding to support energy affordability and innovation thanks to the NSW Government’s Regional Community Energy Fund.

Energy Minister Matt Kean said the funding will unlock almost 17.2 MW in electricity generation and up to 17.9 MW / 39.3 MWh of energy storage, leveraging $36 million in private funding.

“These grants will help regional communities right across NSW take control of their energy bills and benefit from the economic opportunities presented by changes in our energy system,” Mr Kean said.

“The projects range from a community owned dispatchable solar and battery system at Goulburn to the installation of a 1 MW solar garden at Grong Grong in the Riverina, enabling low-income households and renters to access renewable energy.

“At Ewingsdale near Byron Bay, a grant will enable the installation of 5 MW of solar power and 10 MWh battery energy storage system. The DC coupled battery is a relatively new technology for Australia and enables excess solar energy to be captured more efficiently.”

“In a NSW first, a hydrogen energy storage system will be installed at Manilla alongside a solar-battery system to store renewable energy.

“Hydrogen has the potential to transform our economy and energy mix. World leading green hydrogen initiatives like the Manilla Community Solar project will play a critical role in developing this technology.

“These innovative renewable energy projects will help to make electricity more reliable and affordable for our regional communities.”

The RCEF is funded under the NSW Climate Change Fund to support community energy projects across NSW, improving energy reliability and affordability for regional NSW.

A full list of the successful applicants and projects is available https://energy.nsw.gov.au/regional-community-energy

Source: NSW Government

 

Construction begins on underground connection line at Mortlake South Wind Farm

11 March

Construction of the 220kV underground connection line to connect ACCIONA’s Mortlake South Wind Farm to the National Electricity Grid via the Terang Terminal Station has started.

After extensive community consultation, ACCIONA decided in install the 15km connection line underground to create the best outcome for the local community.

“ACCIONA is committed to working with local communities in which we operate, to provide tailored solutions to sustainable development”, said Mortlake South Wind Farm Project Manager Andrew Tshaikiwsky.

“ACCIONA is unique in that we develop, construct, own and operate our wind farms which means we are embedded in the local community for the long-term life of our assets.”

“The underground connection has no visual impact on the landscape, and it demonstrates our commitment to working closely with communities to develop and deliver bespoke local solutions.”

“It’s more expensive, but it’s the right thing to do for this project,” said Brett Wickham, ACCIONA Energy Australia’s Managing Director.

With construction commencing, the community can expect traffic controls in place when works are occurring within the road reserves on Riley’s Road, Bramich Lane and Keilambete Road.

“Construction activities will commence from Tapps Lane within the Mortlake South Wind Farm construction area, with staged works progressing towards the Terang Terminal Station,” Mr Tshaikiwsky said.

“The cable route follows the disused rail corridor between Mortlake and Terang, turning into the road reserves on Bramich Lane, Keilambete Road and Riley’s Road. The cable then progresses through private land into the Terang Terminal Station.”

“We will continue to work closely with Moyne and Corangamite Shires, local landholders and services providers throughout construction to ensure they are informed about the construction method and progress.”

Construction of the underground connection line is expected to be complete within six months.

Further information about ACCIONA’s Mortlake South wind farm can be found at

http://www.acciona.com.au/mortlake

Source: ACCIONA

 

NEW PROJECT

Katamatite Solar Farm

Location: Benalla-Tocumwal Rd Katamatite, Victoria

Capacity: 5 MW

Developer: ACEnergy

LGA: Moira Shire

Status: Approved by Moira Shire in May 2019

Description: The Katamatite Solar Farm will include a 2.5 MW/5 MWh battery energy storage system.

Contact: Rodd Zhang

Principal Engineer

ACEnergy

Tel: (03) 9813 2307

Email: admin@acenergy.com.au

 

PROJECT NEWS

CopperString 2.0

CopperString 2.0 is a high-voltage transmission line that will connect the people and communities of Mount Isa and the North West Minerals Province to the National Electricity Grid.

The electricity will be supplied to existing customers in North West Queensland and deliver opportunities for new industrial facilities and large agricultural and renewable energy projects. The project comprises 803 km of 330 kV transmission line and 320 km of 220 kV transmission line, seven new substations, in addition to integration with existing systems at two brown-field substations.

The project geographically spans the 800 km corridor between Townsville and Mount Isa and a 210 km southern network connecting resource activities in the Selwyn Ranges.

In addition it provides a potential lateral to the proposed Kennedy Wind Farm (80km north of Hughenden.

Opportunities are now open for EPC Contractors. Future work packages will be advertised after the selection of the EPC Contractor.

More information is available here.

Source: ICN Gateway

 

First generation at Dundonnell Wind Farm

11 March

Tilt Renewables Limited (“Tilt Renewables”) is pleased to announce that the 336MW Dundonnell Wind Farm (“DDWF”) located in Western Victoria has today achieved first generation of electricity, which was exported into the grid and sold into the National Electricity Market.  

This follows the completion of the transmission network connection infrastructure in late January, successfully obtaining an Electricity Generation and Sale Licence for the project from the Essential Services Commission (ESC) of Victoria and then DDWF being registered as a market participant by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). 

Deion Campbell, Tilt Renewables Chief Executive, said “reaching this milestone, which has recently proven difficult for many other projects, is the result of significant effort, over more than 12 months, by our internal specialists, the engineers at Vestas, the connections team at AEMO and the licensing team at the ESC.  DDWF was deliberately developed with a transmission connection into a strong part of the electricity grid, reducing future downside from congestion and changes to marginal loss factors, and we are excited to be on track with our largest ever renewable generation investment”.  

DDWF connects to Victoria’s 500kV transmission backbone, with AusNet Services successfully delivering the transmission connection under a build, own and operate (BOO) structure.  The ~$80m connection project included construction and commissioning of a new 500kV/220kV substation and 38km of 220kV overhead transmission line, to the on‐site wind farm substation.  

Wind turbine commissioning and testing will continue over the coming months, with full commercial operations targeted for Q3 2020.  During commissioning and testing, the project will be producing electricity and LGC revenues while the 80 turbines are progressively brought into operation.

Tilt Renewables has partnered with Vestas for the supply of wind turbines and construction of the wind farm under a full Engineer, Procure and Construct (EPC) contract.  Vestas and its subcontractors continue to make progress on the construction of the wind farm, with 23 turbines now fully erected and a further 22 partially erected. 

Approximately 87% of the production from DDWF is covered by long term contracts with both the Victorian State Government, following the project being awarded a Support Agreement under the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme, and Snowy Hydro under an offtake agreement following their Renewable Energy Procurement Program. 

Deion Campbell also notes that “DDWF is the largest project to gain support under the Victorian Government’s VRET initiative and is proudly the first of those supported projects to begin generating renewable electricity for the people of Victoria.”

Source: Tilt Renewables

 

More challenges ahead but solutions in sight for Australia’s power system

12 March

The tough job of keeping the power system secure will get harder before it gets easier – but it will get easier, according to a new report released today by the Australian Energy Market Commission Reliability Panel.

The promise of new technologies and business models – as well as work that is currently under way on the system’s technical needs – will help Australia meet the security challenges ahead, the 2019 Annual Market Performance Review said.

The annual review assesses the national electricity market’s performance over the previous year in terms of reliability, security and safety.

In the 2018/19 financial year the review found there were more times when the system was not in a secure operating state compared with the previous year.

But it also said that new technologies and ways of doing business would be pivotal in providing solutions. For example, Australia is leading the way with battery storage installation – with about a quarter of global battery installations by capacity installed in Australia in 2019.

“The current story of Australia’s power system is one of immense challenge and equally immense opportunity,” said Reliability Panel chair and AEMC Commissioner Charles Popple.

“And while many of these problems are relatively new, so are many of the solutions. Battery storage for example, can give consumers more active control and ways to use electricity, like selling stored energy when prices are high, providing network support or storing solar energy for later use. And there will be other solutions we aren’t aware of yet as technologies continue to evolve. New technologies and business models will have an increasingly important role in maintaining power system security.

“There is a large amount of work under way by the Energy Security Board, AEMO and through the AEMC work plan to understand the technical needs of the power system in the changing environment and how to respond to the key issues.”

The Reliability Panel is a panel of energy experts set up under the National Electricity Rules which monitors power system reliability and reports the results annually to the AEMC and participating jurisdictions.

This year’s report highlighted climate change as a major consideration in future power system security.

“As the number and range of weather events such as prolonged extreme temperatures, cyclones and bushfires increase as a result of climate change, the challenge of maintaining the secure operation of the power system will grow,” it said.

It found that the system’s ability to operate at standard frequency levels had declined and it was costing more to regulate frequency in the system. But it also found that new types of providers have entered the market to provide frequency control services – such as virtual power plants, wind farms and utility scale batteries. Over the same period, the amount of frequency control services provided by coal-fired power plants has decreased.

“There were four incidents in 2018/19 where the power system was not in a secure operating state for more than 30 minutes,” the report said.

“These raised some broader security issues including that the power system may be becoming less resilient to large disturbances … There is a need for greater understanding about how different technologies … respond to a range of disturbances in order to effectively leverage these as part of the existing power system.”

On reliability, it said that while the reliability standard was not breached during the year, it was becoming more challenging to maintain as the supply/demand balance tightens, especially on high temperature/high demand days.

“The Panel is concerned by the increasing reliance on interventions to maintain reliable supply,” the report said. “There is an emerging concern that reliability issues may arise in non-peak periods, for example when generators and network equipment is taken off-line for maintenance.

“Using emergency tools means the market is not delivering sufficient capacity to meet demand and indicates a need for new investment that can be relied upon at times when consumers need it.”

Source: AEMC

 

Integrated System Plan (ISP) stakeholder consultation

12 March

In February, more than 200 stakeholders attended workshops or participated in a webinar to discuss the draft 2020 Integrated System Plan (ISP) with AEMO’s ISP team and vote on a range of areas for AEMO to consider in the lead up to publishing the final 2020 ISP by mid-year.

Consultation on the draft 2020 ISP has closed with 53 submissions received from peak energy groups, network owners, retailers, generators, consumer groups, councils, universities and individuals. Submission can be found on the AEMO consultation website.

A high-level review of the submissions has identified the following main themes:

- Changing energy mix, including the roles of renewables and storage with generator retirements

- The role of transmission infrastructure in a future NEM

- System security, reliability and resilience implications of the ISP

- Investment and cost aspects

- Scenarios and least worst regrets modelling

- Policy frameworks and regulation

The ISP team is now reviewing the feedback, to identify elements that can be incorporated into current modelling or write up of the Final 2020 ISP, and also elements that may be addressed in the 2022 ISP. The consultation on non-network options remains open until 13th March, and a review of these options will be carried out, with relevant options fed into the modelling sensitivities.

A summary and response to the written submissions for both network and non-network options will be released mid-year, along with the Final 2020 ISP.

Any queries on accessing the workshop and consultation documentation should be addressed to: isp@aemo.com.au.

Source: AEMO

 

Canadian Solar Signs Solar Power Purchase Agreement in Australia with Amazon

12 March

Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ) (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its subsidiary Canadian Solar Australia has signed a power purchase agreement ("PPA") with Amazon.

The solar power will be supplied from the Company's 146 MWp/110 MWac Gunnedah solar farm, which will reach commercial operation by 2021. The solar farm will utilize Canadian Solar's BiKu bifacial modules.

The agreement with Amazon is Canadian Solar's first PPA in New South Wales and marks its strategic entry into the large Australian Consumer and Industrial ("C&I") PPA market.

"Canadian Solar is very proud to sign this power purchase agreement with Amazon. Our team has worked hard to bring this opportunity to fruition, and we look forward to further collaboration with Amazon, while we bring the Gunnedah project to commercial operation. We are honored to help Amazon meet its renewable energy goals by utilizing our solar technology and development expertise," said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Canadian Solar.

Dr. Shawn Qu continued, "Canadian Solar is a leading developer in the Australian solar market, where we have a pipeline of nearly 1.2 GWp, including 335 MWp of projects ready to build. We look forward to growing our solar projects and solar module supply businesses in Australia, while expanding into other C&I sectors in this region. We see a bright future ahead as Australia continues to expand its renewable energy market."

Source: Canadian Solar

 

NEW PROJECT

Smarter solution

A group of councils from the south east of Melbourne have partnered with the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) to seek proposals from industry for a smarter way to deal with household rubbish.

Currently, all household rubbish is sent to landfill and buried—there is no other solution. But relying on landfill to dispose of rubbish is not ideal.

The project will transform how household rubbish is managed by putting it to good use instead of burying it in the ground.

Advanced waste processing—an alternative to landfill

Advanced waste processing solutions are proven technologies that recover valuable materials or produce energy from rubbish.

Advanced waste processing facilities are being used safely and reliably around the world. They provide an essential and cost effective service to local authorities and businesses.

MWRRG is leading a procurement process on behalf of the councils to seek proposals from industry for an advanced waste processing facility.

No technology or site has been selected yet. This will be identified during the procurement process.

The procurement process will take up to two years to rigorously explore all the alternatives in detail.

The community will be kept up to date throughout the process, and there will be opportunities for you to learn more and have your say.

You can sign up for e-newsletter to keep up to date with what's happening on the project.

Source: MWRRG

 

PROJECT UPDATE

Whyalla Solar Farm

Adani Renewables has applied for a generation licence for its Whyalla Solar Farm effective from 15 April 2020 in order to finalise the GPS and AEMO Registration. The Whyalla Solar Farm has a capacity of up to 160 MW and will connect to existing ElectraNet 132kV transmission lines from Whyalla to Davenport. The solar farm will operate at 33kV and will be aggregated through a 132/33kV transformer to export power to the grid. It is proposed to be located on 396.5 hectares of land adjoining the Lincoln highway on one side on land leased from the Whyalla City Council. Pre-construction approval was granted in August 2018.

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