Planning under way for Albany wave energy centre
- Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan meeting with The University of Western Australia and renewable energy industry stakeholders in Albany today to chart the course for the Wave Energy Centre of Excellence
- Meeting marks a step forward for the McGowan Government's $19.5 million commitment to developing Albany as a renewable energy hub
The McGowan Government is getting the ball rolling on securing Albany's future as a renewable energy city through supporting a Wave Energy Centre of Excellence.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan is in Albany today meeting with representatives from The University of Western Australia and key industry stakeholders to discuss options for the Wave Energy Centre of Excellence.
This marks a major step forward for the McGowan Government's $19.5 million commitment to developing the centre and investing in renewable energy for Albany.
Bringing together universities and industry will help secure Albany's place as a global hub for renewable energy and put Western Australia at the leading edge of wave energy technology.
The McGowan Government's investment in Albany, coupled with the city's natural suitability for renewable energy, will create sustainable jobs for local residents.
Queensland-based company Altus Renewables is planning to build a $125 million plant near Mt Gambier, where timber residues will be turned into bioenergy pellets which can be used to fire power stations. But unless Australian power generators begin using biopower, all of the material will be shipped to Europe or Asia, where the pellets are considered to be a useful source of renewable energy.
Source: WA Government
Start date of Energy Security Target revised
The State Government has decided to delay the start date of the Energy Security Target to 1 January 2018, while clarity is sought on the Federal Government’s response to the Finkel Review.
A delayed start date was also requested in a number of submissions from industry during the consultation process to allow them further time to prepare.
The Energy Security Target was announced as part of the State Government’s $550 million energy plan in March. The target will boost energy security and increase local competition by requiring energy retailers to source more electricity from South Australian generators rather than through the interconnector to Victoria.
The Target, which was initially proposed to be introduced on 1 July 2017, will incentivise clean, dispatchable local electricity generation that also contributes to the security of the South Australia’s power system.
State and Federal Governments have agreed at COAG to go away and consider the Finkel Review, and specifically the implications of a Clean Energy Target (CET).
Industry is hopeful that the Federal Government can land on a coherent climate and energy policy the drives new investment in the National Electricity Market.
Introducing the Energy Security Target in January 2018 will give industry the opportunity to better understand the implications of the Finkel Review and how the retailers and generators in the market will respond to the incentives provided through the EST.
The State Government has always said that if there was a Federal mechanism to break the investment strike, increase grid stability and lower prices then the EST would fold into that.
Source: SA Government
RES Power community consultation
RES Power this week held community consultation sessions in Blighty and Deniliquin in the Riverina District of NSW about its proposed Currawarra (up to 195 MW) and Tarleigh Park (up to 90 MW) Solar Farms. RES anticipates submitting the Environmental Impact Statement in Spring this year, with a planning decision expected in the first half of 2018.
Source: RES Power
Stellata Energy and Ingenious announce landmark joint venture, bringing large-scale solar energy to Australia
We are pleased to announce the launch of a joint venture with Stellata Energy (‘Stellata’), the Australian solar energy developer, with the shared ambition of bolstering solar energy generation across Australia. The partnership commits to funding a pipeline of solar farms across the country, with a value in excess of AUD $200 million, including a flagship 120MW ground-mounted project.
The funding is timely as the Australian Government’s federal renewable energy target seeks to double the current capacity of large-scale renewable energy to 33,000 GWh by 2020; in-turn fuelling the potential for privately supported investment opportunities in this sector.
The team at Stellata is well placed to succeed in bringing large-scale solar energy to Western Australia, having successfully developed over 600MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar across Europe. Through the partnership, Stellata’s resource and capacity will be boosted by Ingenious’ dedicated team of investment professionals, which has raised and deployed over £9 billion, including £500 million in renewables projects across the UK and Ireland.
Commenting on the venture, Troy Santen, Director, Stellata said: “As a West Australian company, we are very excited to be partnering with Ingenious in our quest to bring utility scale solar power to our state. Our collaboration will drive forward the development of solar PV projects, as well as the creation of jobs in local communities.”
Sebastian Speight, Managing Director, Ingenious Infrastructure agreed: “Ingenious has worked closely with the team at Stellata on previous ventures and their track record of delivering high quality solar projects is testament to their knowledge and expertise in this sector. Australia has huge potential to benefit from solar energy, due to its geographical positioning and high levels of irradiation, and we are confident that Stellata can fully capture the rewards this technology can offer.”
Eco Energy gets approval for three more Qld solar farms
Eco Energy World is excited to announce the approval of 3 new solar projects totaling 410 MW. Including EEW’s largest solar project to-date of 280 MW in Bouldercombe, Queensland.
All the utility scale projects will be connected directly to the Queensland grid, supplying electricity to the state. But this doesn’t limit them to supplying Queensland only, with there being the potential that they will supply clean energy to New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Aiding not only Queensland but Australia to reach its sustainable, clean and reliable energy future.
Source: Eco Energy World
Wind power in Australia: Senvion signs Partnership Agreement for over 429 MW
Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a Delivery Partnership Agreement with RES Australia and its project partners for the 116-turbine Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria in a consortium with Downer and is now part of Senvion’s conditional order book. The Delivery Partnership Agreement is for the early works which are currently underway and is a precursor to financial close of the project. The wind farm will feature the 3.7M144 turbine type, which is being designed for this project. This product extension is currently being developed and added to the Senvion portfolio for other projects.
Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: “We are very pleased to be collaborating with RES and its project partners on this significant project. This agreement demonstrates that our commitment to deliver optimised products for all wind conditions is highly effective and helps to consolidate Senvion’s strong market position in Australia. It also showcases the confidence of strategic partners in our products.”
Raymond Gilfedder, CEO and Managing Director of Senvion Australia said: “The introduction of ambitious renewable energy targets in Victoria has injected new confidence in the local wind energy market. We are very excited to be working with RES Australia and its project partners to deliver the Murra Warra wind farm which will result in significant employment and economic benefits for the local communities around the project.” Prior to joining Senvion Australia, Raymond was Managing Director for Senvion’s Northern Europe hub.
Roger Seshan, Strategic Procurement Director of RES, said: “We are delighted to build on our European relationship with Senvion. RES’s global experience and relationships allows us to combine the best elements from our respective markets to deliver our projects. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship in the Australian market with the Murra Warra wind farm.”
Source: Senvion Australia
Click here to go to online project datasheet: Murra Warra Wind Farm
Carnegie gets approval to develop a 10 MW solar power station in Northam, Western Australia
Carnegie Clean Energy Limited (ASX: CCE) is pleased to announce that The Mid-West / Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP) has approved the development application for its 10 MW solar power station in Northam, Western Australia. The company awaits the release of the meeting minutes with final approval conditions.
The approved solar power station will consist of 34,000 solar panels and will be constructed on 25 Hectares of strategically located land 100km east of Perth to deliver approximately 24,000 MWh of electricity per annum.
The JDAP is one of a number of final approvals required for the project. Carnegie is working with various stakeholders to secure final approvals over the next month or so to enable the Financial Investment Decision to be made. This in turn would trigger the start of construction by the EMC/Lendlease Joint Venture with construction estimated to take 6 months.
Source: Carnegie Clean Energy
Click here to go to online project datasheet: Northam Solar Farm
Liverpool Range Wind Farm amendments
Following lodgement of the Response to Submissions report Epuron has conducted a thorough design review of the Liverpool Range Wind Farm layout, considering energy yield and concerns raised during ongoing consultation. The review has also considered biodiversity, archaeology, noise and visual impacts. As a result of this review Epuron has removed ten (10) wind turbine locations from the proposed layout, reducing the total number of proposed wind turbines to 272.
The amended development approval/EIS is on exhibition until 18 July.
Source: NSW Dept of Planning and Environment
Click here to go to online project datasheet: Liverpool Wind Farm