Wave energy technology trialled off Tasmanian coast

9 September

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $4 million in funding to Wave Swell Energy Limited to install a pilot-scale wave energy converter off the coast of King Island, Tasmania.

The $12.3 million project will involve the design, construction, installation and operation of the UniWave 200, a 200 kW wave energy device off the coast of King Island.

The project will also be integrated with the King Island microgrid operated by Hydro Tasmania, which received $6 million in ARENA funding in 2011 to demonstrate the integration of several renewable resources and energy management technologies.

The device will be partially submerged as it sits on the seabed and has an opening on one side to allow the movement of the waves in and out of the chamber.

Water rises and falls inside the chamber, causing the pressure of the air trapped above to change between negative and positive pressure. The pressure fluctuations force the air to pass through the turbine at the top of the chamber, generating electricity.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the project will offer additional insights into combining wind, solar and wave energy.

“Wave energy has the potential to be integrated into microgrids, particularly on island locations with limited space, to reduce the need for significant battery storage due to the relative predictability and consistency of wave energy,” he said.

“The tidal and wave sector in Australia is still in the early demonstration phase. Wave Swell’s unique approach to wave energy will gain valuable knowledge and help to see whether this is a viable option for generating renewable energy.”

Wave Swell Energy CEO, Dr Tom Denniss said: “We are extremely pleased to have such a substantial component of the UniWave 200 King Island Project funded by ARENA.”

“The project, aimed at demonstrating the commercial viability of the technology, is expected to be the first of many wave energy projects utilising this unique world leading intellectual property. ARENA’s role in the King Island project represents a vital component of the ultimate commercialisation of the technology,” he said.

Source: ARENA

 

Voltfarmer – Victorian solar projects

9 September

I personally have much experience at the utility level in PPA sourcing and negotiation when I worked previously for a multinational developer of wind farms in Victoria and NSW.  It is now interesting to see the growth of utility scale solar and at levels that are significantly less than what was being offered by wind farms just a decade ago.

So I’m happy to now have the opportunity to also be involved with the delivery of solar projects, and can announce that Apogee Energy has been engaged to assist Voltfarmer in the sourcing of corporate PPA’s. Voltfarmer is a Victorian project developer that is in the process of establishing a number of medium scale solar projects to assist businesses source competitively priced sustainable renewable energy.

What sets Voltfarmer apart from other solar farm developers is that the projects have a high level of community engagement and comprehensive sustainability goals.  This includes the involvement of local indigenous groups, public education outreach, carbon farming and other sustainability initiatives.

Details of their projects are on their website (www.voltfarmer.com.au)

If you have further interest, please contact me at: warwick.forster@apogeeenergy.com.au.

Source: Apogee Energy

 

CORRECTION

Glenrowan Solar Farm

In last week’s edition we incorrectly linked a news item, WiNRG obtains contract for PV project in Australia, to the Glenrowan Solar Farm. The project should be Overland Sun Farming’s Glenrowan West Solar Farm in Benalla Council, correctly linked here. Our apologies for this error.

 

Search for green income prompts launch of renewable fund: Foresight Group, Australia

10 September

- The Foresight Renewable Energy Income Fund, targeting $150 million in size, will make loans of $5m-$30m predominantly to small-scale solar and wind projects located in Australia

- Each loan will be individually structured under a tailored Sustainability Framework certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative and verified by the Carbon Trust

- The Fund targets a 4.0%-4.5% yield margin over the RBA cash rate

- The Fund’s target first close is November 2019

Global infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight Group LLP (“Foresight”) has launched a unique investment fund, Foresight Renewable Energy Income Fund (“FREIF” or “Fund”), to provide Australian wholesale investors access to Climate Bonds Initiative (“CBI”) certified green debt.

The Fund is designed to generate superior risk-adjusted returns by investing in secured Australia-based smaller scale renewable energy projects. Infrastructure debt offers diversification benefits through lower correlations with the broader equity, property, and bond markets. The Fund has the objective of providing investors with an attractive, reliable and predictable income and will target a yield margin of 4.0% to 4.5% over the RBA Cash Rate.

The Fund will also be the first to pool capital into a series of CBI-Certified loans and will give Australian wholesale investors unique access to an asset class that has typically been available exclusively to institutional investors.

Kim Nguyen, Head of Australia at Foresight, said: “The Foresight Renewable Energy Income Fund is innovative in a global sense. We hope it helps put Australia on the map as an innovator in the fast-growing green debt capital markets.

“Historically, the big banks have overlooked smaller-ticket wind and solar projects, as they are generalists and lack the dedicated resources to identify and assess small-scale projects. This presents a significant opportunity for us as infrastructure investment specialists. With a proven 35-year investment track record, Foresight has the experience and the sector knowledge to best capture these opportunities in the interest of Australian investors.”

This is Foresight’s first wholesale fund in Australia. Managing funds on behalf of institutions, Foresight quickly became the largest international investor into solar in Australia with over 250MW of solar projects. One of the projects, Bannerton Solar Park, provides clean energy that is used to power the Melbourne tram network.

Nigel Aitchison, Head of Infrastructure at Foresight, said: “There is no question that the surge in interest for green bonds and renewable energy infrastructure will only continue to intensify. Investors have shifted their focus to true-to-label investment solutions that directly contribute to the global decarbonisation agenda.

“The Foresight Renewable Energy Income Fund fits this bill. The Fund takes a unique “bottom-up” approach to CBI-certification. This means that each loan will be individually tailored to meet a Sustainability Framework which has been certified by Climate Bonds Initiative (“CBI”) and verified by the Carbon Trust.

“We believe this sets the new gold standard for green debt funding in Australia.”

The Fund will focus purely on lending to renewable energy generation and associated infrastructure projects. An indicative portfolio would save an estimated 5.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the life of the underlying assets compared to the equivalent coal generation – this equates to a year’s worth of power for 1.6 million Australian homes.

Source: Foresight Group

 

NEW PROJECT

Gippsland’s Renewable Energy project to create 1200 local jobs while helping to solve the power crisis

10 September

The Solis RE project will produce reliable, efficient, low cost power combined with BIG Battery storage to help address the current Victorian energy crisis.

KEY ISSUES ADDRESSED BY THE SOLIS RE PROJECT:

  • All land is secured for project to proceed in logical demand driven stages.
  • The only large-scale project focused on delivering the lowest cost power generation for Victorians.
  • The construction and commissioning timelines are relatively short and can be completed in stages.
  • The project will be community led with risk factors mitigated by Tier 1 EPC and an experienced and fully committed team.
  • The project is in Victoria, for Victorians with benefits available to the entire National Energy Market (NEM)
  • The project will create approximately 1,200 full time jobs during the construction phase.

Land has been secured for three projects comprising:

  1. 232 acres (94 ha)
  2. 900 acres (364 ha)
  3. 1000 acres (405 ha)

KEY PROJECT INFORMATION

  • Discussions with Wellington Shire Council regarding Planning approval for the three sites has been positive and the planning process will commence mid-September.
  • Detailed Response stage has commenced regarding one of the properties – Property 1 for 50 MW solar farm plus 50MWh batteries. Investment in project is ~$125M.
  • Site 1 will be connected into National Energy Market with minimal costs. The Connection Agreement and Planning approval is targeted for March 2020.
  • Sites 2 and 3 are remotely located and each offers a substantial strategic advantage. They are both ideal properties to form the Gippsland Renewable Energy Park within the AEMO Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) framework and can accommodate solar, battery, gas and wind. Substantial augmentation costs will need to be incurred to connect into NEM.
  • Sites 2 and 3 will each be developed into a 250 MW solar farm with 250MWh of batteries. Investment in project is ~$1.28B.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Solis RE is engaged in discussions with other stakeholders to assess the most effective solutions regarding transmission to a central distribution point from our site location.
  • The Solis RE solution to distributed generation in this Renewable Energy Zone will be operational within 3 to 4 years on the basis that augmentation has been completed for transmission from REZ to central distribution at Morwell. This compares to 8 to 10 years for the other large scale projects targeted for the region.
  • The Solis RE projects provide a substantial benefit to the network in the short term and address the longer-term requirements of the Victorian Government’s commitment to introduce 50% renewable energy by 2030. This project helps fill the gap that will be created from the phasing out of the existing coal fired power stations, which will be much sooner than initially planned.

Source: Solis RE

 

Renewable energy investment slows as policy uncertainty and regulatory challenges mount

11 September

New investment in renewable energy projects such as solar and wind farms has plunged to levels not seen since Tony Abbott was Prime Minister, risking power price rises and future energy reliability, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said following the good news last week that the 2020 large-scale Renewable Energy Target (RET) would be met, there is currently no energy and climate policy to replace it – giving pause to many major investors.

The Clean Energy Council is releasing a new policy briefing paper today, which shows quarterly financial commitments in new renewable energy projects reached a high of over 4500 MW in late 2018, but have since collapsed to less than 800 MW in each of the first two quarters of 2019.

“Investors have been forced to temper their record enthusiasm for Australian wind and solar projects due to a lack of national policy, growing threats of government interference in the energy market and a range of out-of-date regulations,” Mr Thornton said.

“With Australia’s coal-fired power stations ageing rapidly, it is essential new clean energy projects are built now to ensure lower power prices and improved reliability when these old clunkers retire from service.”

The analysis in Australia’s clean energy generation investment outlook finds that while large-scale renewable energy no longer needs subsidies, long-term policy certainty and regulatory reform are crucial to giving confidence to investors. Its release comes as dozens of the clean energy industry’s senior executives are at Parliament House in Canberra today for an evening reception with politicians and policymakers, which follows a forum to consider the end of the RET and what comes next.

Mr Thornton said that large-scale renewable energy was confronting a range of regulatory barriers, as a result of an energy grid and set of rules that were no longer fit-for-purpose.

“The industry is working closely with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the networks to address many of these issues in the short term, but a lot of the problems we are seeing now are symptoms of the underlying issues – the need for strategic investment in the electricity network to service the best zones for renewable energy across the country and unlock more cheap, clean power,” he said.

“There is no excuse for a slow-down in investment in renewable energy as the industry begins unlocking the enormous potential of energy storage across Australia, effectively complementing renewable energy projects.”

More than 500 MW of large-scale battery projects have already been financially committed, along with more than 9000 MW of pumped hydro potential which has been identified.

“This demonstrates that there is no shortage of potential from energy storage to support the continued deployment of variable renewable energy projects and to meet peak power load as ageing coal-fired power stations exit the system,” Mr Thornton said.

“However investment in energy storage is challenging without market reform and clear policy that can reduce uncertainty and recognise the value that these projects provide to the energy system and market.”

A more detailed summary of the current state and future outlook for investment in renewable energy and energy storage can be found in the briefing paper Australia’s clean energy investment outlook, which is available on the Clean Energy Council website. This includes a set of recommendations for ensuring continued investment.

Source: Clean Energy Council

 

ARENA prioritises grid integration, hydrogen and reducing industrial emissions under new renewable energy plan

11 September

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today launched its new Investment Plan that sets out three new priority areas to further improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.

In a bid to sharpen its investment focus, ARENA funding will be directed towards projects that support the integration of renewables in the electricity system; accelerate the development of Australia’s hydrogen industry for domestic and export; and support industry to reduce emissions.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller, said the agency’s investment priorities were updated following consultation with industry and government and focus on areas that can best assist with the energy transition underway in Australia.

“The transition is underway but there is still a lot of work to do and ARENA has the expertise and deep understanding of the renewable energy sector to help address the long term needs,” said Mr Miller.

“Our new investment priorities are geared towards future proofing our energy system and economy and helping to further unlock the vast renewable resources Australia has,” he said.

“We need to overcome the challenge of integrating renewables into the grid as we switch to an electricity system that is more complex, more decentralised and more variable.

“We need to launch a hydrogen industry to create opportunities across the domestic economy and to help position Australia to become a major renewable energy superpower through exporting hydrogen.

“Finally, we need to support industry, which accounts for around 40 per cent of total final energy use in Australia, as they transition to renewables and look to reduce emissions.

“Without our financial support the pathway to commercialisation would be blocked for many new technologies and businesses so ARENA we has an important role to play.

“I look forward to delivering our plan and encourage the R&D community and businesses – particularly those in industry – to visit our website to discover more about available funding opportunities,” he said.

ARENA was established on 1 July 2012. Since its establishment, the agency has supported 478 renewable energy projects, driving innovations in solar PV, batteries, biofuels, hydrogen, solar thermal, ocean energy, pumped hydro, distributed energy and demand response. As at 30 June 2019, $1.44 billion in funding, with a total project value of $5.49 billion, has been invested in renewable energy projects by ARENA.

Source: ARENA

 

PROJECT NEWS

Teewana Solar Farm

The Department of the Environment & Energy gave notification of the proposed Teewana Solar Farm project in Gidgegannup, WA being withdrawn. The proposal was for a 9.9 MW solar farm comprised of ~31,270 PV panels on single axis, tracking frames covering an area of 17.4 ha connected to the South West Interconnecting System (SWIS) via an existing 22 kV overhead transmission line. The solar farm was to be controlled and monitored remotely from Perth.

 

NEW PROJECT

Billions of renewable investment rests on interconnector

11 September

Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan has welcomed renewable energy giant Neoen’s commitment to the Goyder South hybrid renewable energy generator with grid scale storage, and highlighted the importance of SA-NSW interconnector to the viability of the project.

“Neoen’s plan for the enormous Goyden South project is a resounding endorsement of the interconnector and the Marshall Government’s policies for cheaper, more reliable and sustainable power,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“The $1.5 billion SA-NSW interconnector will provide a freeway for renewable energy from South Australia to the eastern seaboard, enabling huge renewables projects such as Goyder South to turn South Australia into an energy powerhouse.

“The Goyder South project will deliver up to 1200 MW of wind power, 600 MW of solar power and very importantly 900 MW of battery storage on the back of the SA-NSW interconnector.

“Neoen has indicated that the delivery of stages 2 and 3 of the project will be dependent on the construction of the SA-NSW interconnector.

“Four more large solar farms worth billions of dollars are also planned along the interconnector route which runs from Robertstown in SA’s Mid North and Wagga Wagga in NSW.

“The investment potential of the SA-NSW interconnector is one of the reasons why the Marshall Liberal Government granted the nation-building infrastructure Major Project Status.

“The SA-NSW will help deliver our aspiration of net-100% renewables in the 2030’s, lower power prices and delivering a higher growth future for all South Australians.

“Modelling released earlier this year shows that small and medium businesses with significant electricity consumption will save many thousands of dollars each year when the interconnector is energised.

“Significantly reduced electricity bills for small businesses will be good for jobs, investment and the local economy.

“The SA-NSW interconnector also delivers an average $66 savings per year for households.

“South Australia currently only has interconnection with Victoria which puts us at the end of the line and vulnerable to the type system risks that saw the entire state blacked out in 2016.

“This new additional interconnector will bring South Australia into the loop with the rest of the national energy market, bringing cheaper power, greater reliability and increased export opportunities for our renewable energy.”

Source: SA Government

 

New auction will future-proof 100% renewables and bring large-scale battery to ACT

12 September

The ACT’s reverse auction scheme to reach 100% renewable electricity has already leveraged more than $2 billion of investment into 10 large scale renewable energy projects around Australia, and more than $500 million in the ACT.

Now the ACT will conduct a new renewable electricity ‘reverse auction’ to build new renewable electricity supply, ensure our growing city remains 100 per cent renewable into the next decade, and construct a large-scale battery in the ACT, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

The ACT Government has announced it will contract for the construction of up to 250 megawatts of new renewable energy generation. This will ensure the ACT maintains at least 100% renewable electricity into the mid-2020’s.

The move follows the passing of legislation earlier this year to guarantee the ACT will maintain 100% renewable electricity into the future.

“We’ll soon reach 100% renewable electricity in the ACT, which is a great achievement. But our city will keep growing, and we’ll be transitioning buildings and vehicles to be all electric. This is expected to increase electricity consumption, so we’re contracting more renewable electricity generation to ensure we stay at 100%,” said Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury.

“In the ACT we’re committed to climate change action, and we’re planning ahead to ensure we only use renewable electricity. The renewables auction will also allow the ACT to further develop our renewable energy industry, expand our economy and job growth, and provide significant boosts in local investments.

“I am excited to announce that through this auction we will also require successful bidders to deliver large scale battery storage capability located in the ACT.”

The total battery storage required will be 20 megawatts and 40 megawatt hours.

“It will also support the ACT electricity grid, helping to manage fluctuations in grid voltage and frequency, remove the need to upgrade network infrastructure, store excess electricity from renewable electricity sources, and provide power to help avoid blackouts during periods of high demand and when large fossil fuel generators fail in heatwave conditions.”

“The battery could power 25,000 typical houses for two hours.

“In days to come, I look forward to announcing the next major phase of climate action in the ACT. The Strategy will outline how we move to renewable energy solutions and what will drive the decarbonisation of the region up to 2025 and beyond.”

Source: ACT Greens

 

Corporate Update

12 September

Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX:CCE) (Carnegie) is pleased to offer the following general update to shareholders.

Key Points

  • Major European conference reinforces global ambitions for wave energy
  • Garden Island solar generation ticks over 200 MWh and first invoice raised
  • Entitlement Offer share issue approved at General Meeting of shareholders – Offer closes 18

September

CETO Development

Carnegie’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Engineer attended and presented at the 13th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) held in Naples, Italy at the start of September 2019.

EWTEC is an international technical conference focused on ocean renewable energy where industry, universities and other stakeholders come together to meet, share knowledge and explore new ideas and opportunities for the sector. This year’s conference was attended by approximately 600 experts from around the world.

The conference was sponsored by Enel Green Power (EGP), where the CEO of EGP, Antonio Cammisecra reminded the audience of why Enel is invested in marine energy: “Stable, predictable and always available: marine energy has enormous potential distributed evenly around the world. Enel Green Power continues to explore the marine energy sector in search of effective, competitive and scalable technologies to transform tides and waves into sustainable energy”.

Head of Innovability at EGP, Giovanni Tula commented on the integration of wave energy saying: “Marine energy will be a fantastic complement to other renewable energy sources (solar, hydropower and wind) and will be a key element for the energy transition of the near future”.

During the conference, Carnegie’s Chief Technology Officer presented about Carnegie’s TechnoEconomic Tools for WEC (wave energy converter) Scale Optimisation. The tool is a simulator which finds the optimal size of a WEC like CETO using both economic and technical drivers. Carnegie also used the opportunity to meet with existing and new partners and peers from around the world including Enel Green Power, CorPower, EMEC, University of Plymouth and more.

In other industry news, the recently incorporated Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), based at the University of Tasmania in Launceston, is progressing and has commenced the search for the centre’s CEO. The CRC will bring together, for the first time, national and international expertise in aquaculture, marine renewable energy and marine engineering as part of a single, collaborative project. Carnegie is a participant in the CRC that is aiming for “step changes in marine renewable energy output and seafood production”.

Garden Island Microgrid

The Garden Island Microgrid has been enjoying the recent cool, sunny days and has now produced over 200 MWh of solar energy. Further to Carnegie's ASX announcement in respect to the commencement of operations at the Garden Island Microgrid (refer to the announcement dated 23 August 2019), Carnegie is pleased to announce that it has now submitted its first invoice for the sale of power to Department of Defence.

Entitlement Offer

At the Company’s recent General Meeting of Shareholders on 30 August 2019 all resolutions were passed to proceed with the current Entitlement Offer and Recapitalisation Proposal.

Shareholders are reminded that the closing date for the Entitlement Offer, has been extended to 5:00PM (WST) on 18 September 2019, subject to the right of the Company to close the Offers early or further extend the closing dates.

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

 

Ground-breaking microgrid to power jobs in the Peel

12 September

- ​Enwave Australia appointed to develop a solar-powered microgrid

- The project is a first of its kind in Australia in an industrial setting, expected to create thousands of jobs

- The microgrid will offer Peel Business Park businesses cost savings of around 30 per cent on their energy bills

Lands Minister Ben Wyatt and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan have today announced a consortium led by Enwave Australia, to develop Australia's first ever industrial renewable energy microgrid at the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup.

The microgrid will use a solar farm and battery storage with electricity supplemented from the Western Power grid when required, to power the 120-hectare lot within the Park.

The microgrid is an innovative solution to the high costs of extending the mains grid into the estate, and will speed up the development of industrial land and development opportunities for the Business Park delivering much needed jobs to the region.

The microgrid will it make it possible for 1862 jobs to be created in the first 120ha lot, with a further 2,000 local jobs once the park is fully built out.

The Peel Business Park has the potential to inject around $1 billion into the State's economy each year.

In addition, the microgrid will offer businesses looking to relocate into the Park a saving of around 30 per cent off their yearly power bills.

Furthermore, to meet the increasing power needs of the Peel Business Park as it grows, the operator can lease roof space from businesses to install a network of solar panels that will feed additional energy into the microgrid.

The microgrid can also be increased in size and is expected to extend beyond LandCorp's current landholding within the Peel Business Park with potential uptake from interested neighbouring landowners.  

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"The Peel Business Park in Nambeelup is being created for forward-thinking businesses and this next generation thinking is reflected in the Park's proposed microgrid.

"The microgrid offers clear incentives for businesses to relocate to the Peel Business Park, helping to drive job creation in the Peel region.

"The Peel Business Park and Transform Peel are part of the McGowan Government's commitment to driving industry diversification, investment and job opportunities in our regional centres."

Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt:

"The McGowan Government's vision for the Peel Business Park is a place where business, industry, training, research and development come together, invigorating the Peel region and creating jobs that cannot be achieved without providing a secure and affordable power supply.

"In planning the microgrid project, it has been estimated that the renewable energy mix will help reduce power usage costs to business by around 30 per cent off regulated bundled energy tariffs."

"This is a smart, sustainable solution for a broader project that will be built on innovation."

Source: WA Government

 

MOU signed for remote renewable energy system

13 September

VSUN Energy signs MOU with Nomads Charitable & Educational Foundation.

KEY POINTS

  • MOU parties to apply for a government grant for installation of a vanadium redox flow battery and solar PV system at Strelley Community School in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
  • Renewable energy system to provide installation, operation and maintenance training opportunities.
  • Establishment of long-term Indigenous employment opportunities in the Pilbara region.
  • Potential additional renewable energy opportunities in the region to be evaluated.

Australian Vanadium Limited (ASX: AVL, “the Company” or AVL”) is pleased to announce that its subsidiary VSUN Energy Pty Ltd has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a period of 12 months with Nomads Charitable & Education Foundation (“Nomads”). VSUN Energy is applying for a grant from the Western Australian State Government to fund the installation of a renewable energy solution at Strelley Community School in the Pilbara region of Western Australia on behalf of Nomads.

Nomads is a group of Aboriginal controlled entities that operate remote community schools and cattle stations in the East Pilbara. Around 50 Aboriginal people are currently employed through the group in education support and facilities maintenance.

Strelley Community School is the oldest continually operational Independent Aboriginal Community School in Australia. It commenced operation in 1976. The smaller of the two campuses at Strelley requires infrastructure (power) upgrades. Nomads recently installed a new Reverse Osmosis plant for water purification, but their aging diesel generators are still in need of replacement. VSUN Energy is applying for a Regional Economic Development Grant to assist with the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) and vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) solution for the school. This will enable the parties to educate the installers, evaluate the system and then make plans for further installations in the region.

The project will provide opportunities for training and STEM teaching at the school. One of the grant’s key criteria is job creation and skill development, which is part of the project’s remit. VSUN Energy will provide in-kind assistance to the school through the training and education components.

Source: Australian Vanadium Limited

 

Victoria Bitter puts the Australian sun to work as it goes solar in 2020

13 September

Victoria Bitter is today announcing that it’s putting the Australian sun to work. In 2020, VB will be brewed with 100% offset solar electricity.

The iconic beer’s shift to solar electricity will be powered by solar generated from the Karadoc Solar Farm under a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The Karadoc Solar Farm is Victoria’s biggest solar farm.

The renewable electricity will power the brewing of more than a hundred million litres of Victoria Bitter, satisfying the hard earned thirsts of Australian beer drinkers all over the country.

Solar panels are also being installed atop our breweries at the iconic Abbotsford Brewery in Melbourne and Queensland’s Yatala Brewery. These panels will be installed by next year.

Victoria Bitter Marketing Director, Chris Maxwell, said: “Australia’s most iconic beer will soon be one of the most sustainable too. For over 165 years we’ve been satisfying the hard earned thirsts of hard-working Australians who have had the sun beating down on their backs. Now we’re going to get the sun working for us. As a brand that is manufactured in Australia, we need to do our bit for the environment to ensure we can continue brewing for centuries to come.

“In the last year we have removed all plastic from our can packaging and we are proud that the iconic stubby uses less glass than any other similar sized beer due to its efficient design. This means less energy required to produce, and distribute to all corners of the country.

“We ruffled a few feathers with our statement claiming that Victoria Bitter is changing, but it’s all for the better – we’re not changing anything about the beer itself. The taste, the alcohol content, the ingredients and the way we brew will all remain the same. We’re simply enlisting the Australian sun to help make our VB. So, the next time the sun is making you hot, just remember it’ll also be making you a cold one.”

Victoria Bitter has released a new television commercial to help promote the solar initiative in time for the footy finals. The transition to being brewed with 100% offset solar electricity will be complete in 2020.

Source: CUB

 

PROJECT NEWS

Kentbruck Green Power Hub

Public comment is invited for Neoen Australia’s proposed Kentbruck Green Power Hub in Victoria under federal government’s EPBC Act. The project referral details plans for a proposed 900 MW wind farm and battery storage facility to be located in an actively managed and harvested pine plantation in Victoria’s south west, between Portland and Nelson.

The project would comprise of three elements:

  1. A wind farm, consisting of up to 157 wind turbines and associated infrastructure
  2. A battery storage facility, comprising a lithium-ion battery with 500 megawatts (MW) / 1,000 MW hours of storage
  3. A connection to the electricity grid via an underground and/or overhead transmission line.

The project is in the early stages of development and indicatively consists of the three elements listed above which include (but is not limited to):

  • Internal site access tracks and upgrades to existing access points from the public road network
  • Hardstand and lay down areas
  • Underground electricity cabling
  • Overhead power lines (up to 275 kV)
  • Electricity collector stations
  • Overhead and/or underground electricity cabling and a terminal station to provide a connection to the existing 500 kV transmission line east of the wind farm site
  • Permanent meteorological monitoring masts (met masts)
  • An operations and maintenance building
  • Temporary infrastructure including construction compounds, concrete batching plants, car parking, site buildings and amenities
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