Coalition's strong record on renewables exposes Labor's desperate tactics

20 October

Recommended by Australia’s preeminent energy experts from the Energy Security Board, the National Energy Guarantee is a credible, workable, technology neutral policy that will create a more affordable and reliable energy system and deliver much-needed investor certainty by integrating climate and energy policy.

That is why leading industry groups, energy users and manufacturers representing millions of Australian workers and power companies themselves have welcomed the Guarantee. But the Labor Party is grasping at straws, uncertain from one day to the next whether they would support or oppose it.

Labor’s latest desperate tactic is to claim that the Guarantee will undermine renewables. The Energy Security Board, however, has advised that the Guarantee is expected to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to between 28 and 36 per cent by 2030.

The inconvenient truth for Labor is that the Coalition’s strong record on renewable energy couldn’t be clearer:

  • In 2016 there was a five-fold increase in investment in renewables compared to 2015.
  • 2017 is seeing an unprecedented wave of investment in renewable energy worth over $8 billion and over 4,000 MW of capacity.
  • $4.3 billion in investment commitments have been made by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, more than $3.5 billion of which has been made under the Coalition.
  • More than $1 billion of grants through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, around half of which has been made under the Coalition.
  • Investing in Snowy Hydro 2.0 which will be the biggest battery in the Southern Hemisphere and help to make wind and solar more reliable.
  • More than one in five Australian households now have solar panels installed on their roof – the highest rate per capita in the world.
  • Around 95 per cent of the estimated renewable capacity to meet the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target is either operating or underway through firmly announced investment commitments. These investments have been based on the existing Renewable Energy Target, which remains unchanged.

With the costs of renewable energy continuing to fall and further opportunities flowing from the investment certainty, the National Energy Guarantee levels the playing field for all technologies going forward.

Labor frontbenchers themselves admit that renewables are now cost competitive and do not need to be subsidised any longer. Labor should now put politics aside and support the Government’s National Energy Guarantee.

The Guarantee will save households up to $115 a year based on the Energy Security Board’s advice. This is not an insignificant amount for families under pressure from energy bills, especially as it builds on the Turnbull Government’s existing actions such as securing agreement from the retailers to offer consumers a better deal, stopping the networks gaming the system and delivering more gas for Australians before it's shipped offshore.

The Coalition’s energy plan will bring about a more affordable and reliably energy system with savings flowing through to Australian households and businesses. Labor should get on board rather than play politics.

Source: Federal Government

 

Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro - McConnell Dowell/Downer JV selected as preferred EPC contractor

23 October

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to provide an update in relation to the development of the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro (K2-Hydro) project at Kidston, North Queensland. The K2-Hydro project is part of the overall Kidston Stage 2 (K2) project, which includes a co-located 270MW solar PV project (K2-Solar).

Following engagement with a number of leading EPC contractors, Genex has selected a Joint Venture between McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd (McConnell Dowell) and Downer EDI Limited (Downer) as Preferred EPC Contractor. Leading hydro and electrical consultants Norconsult and GHD Australia are technical advisers to the joint venture.

McConnell Dowell has an extensive global EPC track record in respect of hydro projects, especially those involving tunnelling and underground excavation, including the most recent major hydro power development in Australia and other remote hydro projects in the Asia Pacific region.

Downer has been selected jointly by Genex and McConnell Dowell as the JV partner, on the basis of its strong balance sheet and complementary strengths in mechanical/electrical/civil engineering and grid connection, and operations and maintenance capabilities.

Genex will now work with the Preferred EPC Contractor as part of the early contractor involvement (ECI) process (announced on 20 October 2017) to complete final design optimisation and the full EPC and O&M contracting process for the K2-Hydro project. This will include a competitive tender process to secure the electro-mechanical equipment package (including Francis reversible pump /generator turbine machines), which will be held in November 2017 with invitations extended to a number of Tier 1 hydro turbine suppliers.

Genex has determined that an ECI process is the most appropriate means to ensure the timely development of the K2 project while minimising costs associated with a full EPC tender process.

Genex Managing Director Michael Addison said:

“The McConnell Dowell / Downer JV is a very strong partner to deliver the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project. As a combined force, the JV has a complementary skill set and a long track record of delivering hydro projects around the world, a strong balance sheet and proven project delivery capabilities – factors which are likely to materially contribute to the bankability and successful implementation of the project.”

The Federal Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has continued to support the K2-Hydro project. To date, Genex has drawn down a total of approximately $2.85 million of its $4.0 million ARENA funding facility in relation to the project.

Source: Genex Power

Link to AltEnergy project database: Kidston Hydro Project

 

RCR awarded $110m contract for 68MW Emerald Solar Farm project

23 October

Diversified engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Ltd (ASX: RCR), is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) contract and Operation and Maintenance (“O&M”) contract with a combined valued at approximately $110 million for the 68MWac Emerald Solar Farm, being developed by International renewable energy developer, Renewable Energy System Pty Ltd (“RES”).

RCR’s scope of work includes engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the Emerald Solar Farm. Once commissioned, RCR will provide O&M services for the Solar Farm for an initial period of 2 years, with various options terms for up to a further 10 years.

The Solar Farm is located in Emerald, Central Queensland and will supply power under a ground-breaking long term corporate power purchase agreement with RES.

RCR Managing Director & CEO, Dr Paul Dalgleish said “We are very pleased to be working alongside RES, one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies, who have been actively supporting investment in sustainable energy projects in Australia since 2004.

RCR has firmly positioned itself as one of Australia’s leading EPC providers of large-scale solar and other renewable energy infrastructure. RCR now has over 650MWac of large-scale solar projects in its order book and more than a Gigawatt is currently being developed or progressed under early contractor involvement processes.

We look forward to working with the local community in Emerald to realise the jobs and economic benefit opportunities that this project will create”, said Dr Dalgleish.

Source: RCR Tomlinson

Link to AltEnergy project database: Emerald Solar Farm

 

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ACCIONA and Gransolar (GRS) to construct one of Australia’s largest photovoltaic plants

12 October

The Lilyvale photovoltaic plant will be constructed as a turnkey project for Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, with a capacity of 100 MWac.

A joint venture between ACCIONA Industrial and Gransolar (GRS), led by GRS, is set to construct one of Australia’s largest photovoltaic plants.

The Lilyvale Solar Farm will have a capacity of 100 MWac, and the project will be carried out as a turnkey or EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contract for global solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV). The works have already begun and the project should be completed by the end of 2018.

The new plant is located in Lilyvale, 50 km north east of Emerald in the state of Queensland. The plant will cover approximately 396 hectares and will consist of 379,260 photovoltaic modules with single-axis tracking systems and 25 transformer centres. Approximately 200 workers will be involved in its construction and, once operational, the plant will supply clean energy to more than 45,000 households in the region, preventing the emission of 175.000 tons of CO2 every year.

Cameron Garnsworthy, Managing Director of FRV Australia, highlighted the importance that the project has for the generation of clean energy in the country. “Lilyvale Solar Farm – along with FRV’s other large-scale solar developments installed or under construction, will contribute around 280 MWac of clean energy capacity and brings the total value of FRV’s solar investments in the Australian renewable energy sector to around A$ 700 million (US$ 550 million)”.

“We are proud to be working with Australian companies and authorities to drive forward a competitive renewable sector,” he added.

“ACCIONA has a significant presence in Australia, and this project represents another step in our commitment to developing sustainable and innovative infrastructure in the country. As part of this strategy, at the start of this year ACCIONA acquired Geotech Group, which is also working on Lilyvale through its John Beever Australia business.” said Ramón Jiménez, Managing Director of ACCIONA Industrial.

“GRS continues to expand internationally, launching its first project in Australia having developed and constructed plants in Europe, America, Africa and the Middle East. Australia marks an important qualitative step, because it’s a very important market for us with major investment expected in photovoltaic solar energy in the coming years”, explained Domingo Vegas, Chairman of Gransolar.

ACCIONA and Gransolar (GRS) have extensive experience of constructing large-scale photovoltaic plants, both proprietary and for third-party clients.Recently awarded projects include construction of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (Phase III) in Dubai in a consortium with Ghella, which will be the world’s largest photovoltaic plant once completed with a peak capacity of 1,054 MW.

Source: ACCIONA

Link to AltEnergy project database: Lilyvale Solar Farm

 

Nordex Group opens branch office in Australia

24 October

The Nordex Group has established a national representative office for Australia in Melbourne in order to do justice to the growing demand from the region. At present, the manufacturer is installing its second-largest wind farm on the continent. The project comprises 44 turbines, generating a capacity of 132 MW. Moreover, the market is witnessing high and growing demand. The decisive factor in this regard is the Victorian government’s aim to boost the share of renewable energies 25% by 2020 to 40% by 2025.

The branch office will deal in particular with the commissioning and subsequent servicing of the wind turbines. "Efficient products are of key importance to a provider like Nordex. Moreover, what is mission-critical for the success of our customers is to have a strong and experienced team in place on site," says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of the Nordex Group. For this reason, the team based in Melbourne primarily comprises experts in the fields of project management and service.

So far the Nordex Group has installed or is building wind farms with a capacity of 370 MW on the fifth continent. These predominantly were turbines of the 3-MW series. Landa: "Current projects show that we are suitably meeting demand with our highly efficient and newer wind turbines with 3.9 and 4.0 to 4.5 MW capacity. In addition, the manufacturer is working on a further reduction of the cost of energy. In the process, regional suppliers are assuming an increasingly important role.

Profile of the Nordex Group

The Group has installed some 21 GW of wind energy output in over 25 markets and generated EUR 3.4 billion in revenue in 2016. The company currently has a workforce of approx. 5,000 employees. The manufacturing group has factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the US and India. The product programme focuses on onshore turbines of the 1.5 to 4.5-MW class, designed for market requirements in the developed and emerging market countries.

Source: Nordex

 

Emerald Solar Park reaches financial close

24 October

RES Australia is proud to announce that yesterday it reached financial close for both equity and debt, and that the construction of the Emerald Solar Park will commence immediately, making a significant contribution to the Queensland Government’s target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Lighthouse Infrastructure has acquired 100% of the project, through its Lighthouse Solar Fund.

RES Australia will undertake both Construction Management and Asset Management services on behalf of Lighthouse and has appointed RCR O’Donnell Griffin to construct the project.

The project will create 150-200 direct jobs and 320 indirect positions in Queensland’s Central Highlands region during the construction phase, with up 275,000 solar panels being installed as part of the project located west of the town of Emerald.

It is expected that construction of the project will take less than 12 months to complete and when fully constructed, the solar park will provide up to 68 MWac of generation capacity into the Queensland grid and will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 35,000 households.

The project is supported by an innovative long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with Telstra. RES has been able to apply its global market leadership in the corporate PPA sector to tailor this deal around Telstra’s strategic requirements.

Norton Rose Fulbright were lead advisors on the deal for RES with financial advisory provided by Ironstone Capital. Lighthouse Infrastructure was advised by RBC Capital Markets and King & Wood Mallesons.

RES Australia Chief Operating Officer, Matt Rebbeck, commented “Emerald Solar Park is the result of phenomenal teamwork within RES globally and our broader team of partners on the project. I’d like to extend particular thanks to the team at Ergon Energy, to the Queensland Government and, of course, to Telstra for showing great foresight, insight and market leadership in issuing Australia’s first large-scale offsite renewables corporate PPA.”

“We are delighted to announce the project will now proceed into construction immediately and are looking forward to a long term partnership with the experienced team at Lighthouse Infrastructure.”

“We are grateful to the local Council and broader community in Emerald for the warm welcome and support they have shown our team over the past year and look forward to working closely with the community over the coming 12 months.”

RES Australia CEO, Marco Perona, said, “this project is not only another big step forward for RES’ activities in Australia, but it is also ours, and our business partners’, contribution to the integration of more renewable energy into the energy mix through innovative schemes.”

Source: RES Australia

Link to AltEnergy project database: Emerald Solar Farm

 

National Energy Guarantee raises more questions than it answers

24 October

As the dust settles on last week's proposal for a National Energy Guarantee (NEG), it is clear that there are many more questions than answers at this stage.

The CEC campaigned for many months on a Clean Energy Target (CET) as proposed by the Chief Scientist, and we will continue to make it clear that a CET (along with the other 49 Finkel review recommendations that would ensure reform of the energy market to address any reliability or security issues) was our preferred policy approach.

Of course, we are open-minded about the NEG and will engage fully with the Energy Security Board and the government on the merits and potential design of the policy. But from the scant detail that has been released, it remains unclear how the NEG will ensure investor confidence in a strong pipeline of new clean energy projects.

While we can comprehend how the NEG could ensure incentives for reliability (including from existing fossil fuel generation) and delivering emissions abatement, there isn’t any guarantee that investors will see a price signal or the long-term confidence necessary to underpin new investment.

The "modelling" that was done to support the NEG proposal is very light on and shouldn’t be taken too seriously, but it did reveal disappointingly low levels of new investment in clean energy under the policy.

While future higher levels of ambition on emissions reductions would deliver different outcomes for clean energy, it is crucial that we focus on understanding and informing the design of the core policy architecture at this stage.

Some of the other big design questions to fully consider include assessing the impact of international carbon abatement certificates on the scheme, the implications for the contracts market and interaction with the broader energy market and how these will affect retail competition and liquidity. The design of these elements will also have a material impact on the implications of the NEG for investor confidence in new clean energy projects.

If this policy is going to fly, we will need strong support from major political parties right across the country. But first we need to ensure that we have a policy that will deliver the new clean energy investment and lower power prices that all Australians want.

That’s likely to take several months of detailed analysis and consultation, something the CEC will be doing as a matter of high priority.

Source: Clean Energy Council

 

PROJECT BRIEFS

NSW Department of Planning & Environment referred development application for First Solar’s proposed Beryl Solar Farm to the NSW Planning Assessment Commission for determination after 27 objections received while the project EIS was in the public exhibition stage.

Neoen is seeking registrations of interest for various work packages associated with its 100 MW Numurkah Solar Farm consisting of approximately 350,000 solar panels installed on 500 hectares of land 6km south of Numurkah in Victoria. Neoen is committed to support local industry participation. Following EPC contractor award, Neoen in partnership with the EPC contractor will run an industry briefing session to present project opportunities. For now companies can register interest through the ICN Gateway Numurkah Solar Farm EOI. The project is scheduled to start in February 2018. For more information go to: https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4007/numurkah-solar-farm?st=projects&psid=1508819388

ESCOSA South Australia received applications for generation licences from SSE Australia Whyalla Solar Pty Ltd seeking to operate a solar array with a total maximum capacity of 4.9MW, and Engie to operate Willogoleche Wind Farm of 32 wind turbines up to a total maximum capacity of 123 MW.

NSW Department of Planning & Environment approved Overland Solar’s proposed Hillston Sun Farm solar photovoltaic generation facility and associated infrastructure development in central NSW with an estimated capacity of 85 MW.

 

New project

Name: Grey Box Energy Field

Location: Horfield, northern Victoria

Type: Solar

Capacity: 35 MW DC

Overview: Located 9km south of Cohuna adjacent to the Cohuna zone substation.

Status: Development application submitted to Gannawarra Shire Council in early July 2017 & approved in October 2017. Construction scheduled to start in March 2018.

Estimated cost: $45.5mil

Contact:

Tel: 1300 887 007

Email: info@greyboxenergyfield.com

 

Bioenergy project update and receipt of milestone payment

25 October

Renewable energy company, ReNu Energy Limited (ASX: RNE) is pleased to report the completion of Milestone 1 and receipt of $700,000 under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Advancing Renewables funding agreement for the Goulburn Bioenergy Project.

The milestone payment relates to the completion of earthworks and installation of the liner for the anaerobic lagoon, as well as the execution and commencement of the engine packaging contract. The construction of an anaerobic lagoon, biogas processing and power generation facility at the Southern Meats sheep abattoir in Goulburn NSW continues to progress on schedule. The cover of the lagoon was installed earlier this month, with generators anticipated on site mid-November and commercial operations in early 2018.

ReNu Energy acknowledges the critical role ARENA plays in assisting businesses to successfully demonstrate and commercialise emerging renewable energy technologies.

Source: ReNu Energy

Link to AltEnergy’s project database: Goulburn Bioenergy Project

 

Off-grid power systems delivered for remote infrastructure project

25 October

  • Two of 10 remote renewable systems have been delivered
  • Sophisticated design features solar PV arrays, battery energy storage and control systems
  • Strong relationship with Jemena being developed

MPower announced today that it has commenced delivery of the first of several sophisticated off-grid DC power systems for the Northern Gas Pipeline, which runs between Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Mount Isa in Queensland. The pipeline is being constructed by Jemena.

MPower’s bespoke renewable power systems integrate a mix of solar PV arrays, battery energy storage and a sophisticated control system designed to provide cathodic protection along the length of the 623km pipeline. By integrating the various aspects of the system, MPower is facilitating pipeline protection against corrosion. The remote location and the requirement for reliable and continuous power where there is no access to network power present challenges that fall within MPower’s core expertise.

MPower has been engaged to design and construct ten autonomous remote power systems to be delivered in stages between now and early 2018. The high specification renewable systems, to be installed at remote stations along the pipeline, incorporate inbuilt redundancy and will support the ongoing operation of the critical infrastructure project.

“We’re delighted to be delivering a world-class solution to this important infrastructure project” commented Nathan Wise, CEO of MPower’s ASX-listed parent, Tag Pacific. “MPower is known for its capability in providing high-reliability power solutions for critical applications. We have drawn on our vast experience in remote renewable power systems and integrated battery energy storage to design a sophisticated solution that meets the demanding requirements of the Northern Gas Pipeline.”

Source: Tag Pacific

 

Global Infrastructure Partners acquires Equis Energy for USD5.0 billion in record renewable energy generation acquisition

25 October

Equis Pte. Ltd (Equis) and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) announced today the execution of binding documentation for the sale of 100% of Equis Energy for USD5.0 billion (including assumed liabilities of USD1.3bn) in cash to GIP and co‐investors. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

Headquartered in Singapore, Equis Energy is the largest renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) in the Asia‐Pacific region, with over 180 assets comprising 11,135MW in operation, construction and development across Australia, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

The transaction is the largest renewable energy generation acquisition in history and positions GIP as a dominant renewable energy developer in the key OECD growth markets of Australia and Japan, as well as across India and South‐East Asia.

David Russell, CEO of Equis and Chairman of Equis Energy said, “The investment by GIP and its partners is exciting news for the development of renewable energy in the Asia‐Pacific. GIP has a strong track record of managing and growing utility‐scale infrastructure businesses, and the combination of experience and knowledge across GIP and the existing management team will allow Equis Energy to continue expanding competitively across its target markets.”

Adebayo Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners said, “We are excited by the new investment in Equis Energy, which is a strong fit with GIP’s global renewable investment strategy. Equis Energy is a unique success story in the APAC region as it has systematically executed its growth strategy since its founding 5 years ago. In that period, Equis Energy has become one of the leading renewable energy platforms in the region, with a best‐in‐class business model, a highquality asset portfolio and an outstanding management team. We look forward to continuing the Equis Energy success story in the years to come and to supporting new growth opportunities in one of the most promising renewable energy markets in the world.”

Source: Equis Energy

 

Proposal to conduct offshore wind farm exploration activities

The Australian Government is considering a request from Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) for permission to conduct a feasibility study for an offshore wind farm. The Department of the Environment and Energy is coordinating consideration of the request on behalf of the Australian government.

The proposed exploration area comprises 574 km2 situated in Commonwealth waters off the coast of south-eastern Victoria, near Gippsland. OEPL proposes to undertake activities to assess wind resources, sea bed conditions (potentially involving seismic activities) and environmental conditions (including impacts on sea life) in the area.

This request is only in relation to exploration activities, and does not include permission to construct the project.

http://www.environment.gov.au/climate-change/government/renewable-energy/proposal-conduct-offshore-wind-farm-activities

Source: Federal Government

Link to AltEnergy project database: Star of the South Energy Project

 

3,000 renewable energy jobs make Qld shine as energy investment leader

26 October

Queensland is in the midst of a renewable energy investment boom and the Palaszczuk Government is delivering a suite of initiatives aimed at delivering a clear future direction for energy, Energy Minister Mark Bailey said today.

Speaking to 200 delegates at the Australian Solar Council’s Powering Queensland Summit in Brisbane, Mr Bailey said the emergence of Queensland’s large-scale industry since the Palaszczuk Government was elected was nothing short of remarkable.

“No other state has more renewable projects under development than Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.

“Right now, there are 18 large scale renewable energy projects under construction, with a further four projects starting work soon.

“We expect these projects will boost investment by $3.7 billion and employ almost 3,000 workers during the construction phase – the great majority in regional centres.

“They will provide a more diversified mix of energy for Queensland, increasing the percentage of energy generated by renewables in Queensland to almost 17 per cent – more than doubling our current generation."

Mr Bailey said rooftop solar had been the driving force behind Queensland’s renewable energy industry over the past decade with a nation-leading 30 percent of homes having solar systems installed.

“We’ve turned the Sunshine State into the Solar State," Mr Bailey said.

“We currently have around 1800MW of solar installed across 464,000 rooftops in Queensland – combined, they are now the State’s largest power station, surpassing the 1,680MW Gladstone Power Station.

Mr Bailey also said the Palaszczuk Government is investing $21 million to improve access to solar panels and household storage batteries.

“Solar panels and batteries are a great way for households and small businesses to cut their electricity bills, but for some the upfront cost can be a challenge,” Minister Bailey said.

“We will be offering no-interest loans to help those Queenslanders who don’t have access to the upfront capital required to invest in solar and battery to help reduce their bills and be part of a clean energy future.

“Households will be able to apply for a rebate of up to $2000 on battery systems – for those taking up a no interest loan.

“Queenslanders will be able to apply from March 2018, with savings of up to $700 per year expected for those who take up solar and up to $1,600 per year off for a large family once the loan is paid off.

“Ultimately, this scheme will allow up to 20,000 households and small businesses the ability to directly take control of their own electricity consumption and address electricity affordability – with batteries extending the benefits of solar to households and businesses.

“This is also supporting the battery manufacturing industry here in Queensland – with local success stories like Redback Technologies, Redflow and Century Batteries, right here in our backyard, supporting jobs and growth."

Mr Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was also implementing a program aimed at removing the barriers of adopting solar in the rental market.

“In the past, rental tenants have usually been unable to access the benefits solar PV because the incentive for a landlord to invest in solar was limited,” he said.

“We will conduct a $4 million trial to assist landlords and tenants share the value of installing solar systems.

“This trial, which will be offered to 1000 houses, will provide landlords with incentives such as a no interest loans, a rebate off the upfront cost, and system monitoring equipment.

“We expect this will provide important savings, both to the landlord and tenant and help break down the current barriers.”

More information regarding the terms and conditions on the No Interest Loans Scheme and the Renter Trial will be available in the new year with applications opening in March 2018.

Source: Queensland Government

 

Regional Victoria leading the way to a renewable future

26 October 2017

North East Victoria is set to become a leader in solar energy production thanks to several local solar farm projects.

Speaking at the Northern Victoria New Energy Technology Roundtable in Shepparton today, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said regional Victoria had an essential role to play in helping the state transition to a renewable future.

The roundtable, the second of its kind this year, brings together around 250 renewable energy project operators, technology providers, financiers and investors, local industry, community groups and other relevant stakeholders to identify projects, and promote new energy opportunities, jobs and economic growth in the region.

The Numurkah Solar Farm, which was chosen as a recipient of the Andrews Labor Government’s solar tender, is expected to generate 38 MW of solar energy as part of this project, and will help fuel not only Victoria’s electricity network, but also Melbourne’s tram network.

This solar boom will also benefit local businesses, with opportunities for commercial roof solar installation for hospitals and processing industries.

A number of local businesses also presented today who have either successfully completed renewable energy projects, or are developing new renewable energy projects and seeking project partners such as investors, customers, and supply chain partners.

Waste to energy projects and opportunities available in collaboration with local agricultural and food processing industries are also being explored.

Source: Victoria Government

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