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Infinergy's Australian subsidiary Infinergy Pacific sells 120MW Metz Solar Farm
Renewable energy developers Infinergy Pacific have sold Metz Solar Farm, a solar project with an installed capacity of approximately 120 megawatts, to clean energy investors. When built, the project will be one of the largest solar farms in New South Wales, meeting the annual electricity demands for up to 40,000 average homes. That is over half of the 66,000 households in New England.
Metz Solar Farm is situated near Hillgrove, 20 kilometres east of Armidale. The annual greenhouse gas emissions displaced by the project are expected to be equivalent to 225,000 tonnes of CO2. It will also save up to 350,000 mega litres of clean drinking water compared to a coal-fired power station.
The project was developed by Infinergy Pacific, a subsidiary of UK-based renewable energy company Infinergy Ltd, who obtained planning permission for Metz Solar Farm in July 2017.
Infinergy CEO Esbjorn Wilmar commented: “We are delighted to have achieved the successful development and the subsequent sale of Metz Solar Farm, all within a timeframe of 18 months. This project is part of a wider portfolio of solar farms we are working on in Australia. By the end of this year, we expect to have secured development rights including grid connections for another 300 megawatts of solar, both in New South Wales and Victoria”.
The successful development of Metz Solar Farm builds on Infinergy’s established track record as a renewable energy developer in the UK and The Netherlands. Over the last 10 years the company has been involved in the successful development of over 30 projects, totalling approximately 1000 MW in a combination of onshore wind and solar developments.
Mr Wilmar continued: “We are looking to expand our portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, both in solar and wind developments. The Metz Solar Farm has put us on the map in Australia, and we are keen to take things to the next level.”
Port Latta Wind Farm
Location: 1-2km south of Port Latta, north-west Tasmania
Developer: Nekon Pty Ltd
Project Manager: Joule Logic
Capacity: 25 MW
LGA: Circular Head Council
Estimated cost: $50mil
Description: Installation of seven turbines on two farm properties, to generate up to 90 GWh of electricity a year. Construction scheduled to start in early 2019. Connected to the NEM via TasPorts’ Port Latta sub-station less than 1km away.
Status: A community meeting for the project will be held on 4 April.
Contact: Paul Fulton
Tel: 0439 338 288
Government gets to work on Tasmania First energy policy
The Tasmania First energy policy will be one of the centrepieces of the second majority Hodgman Liberal Government.
The Tasmania First policy is about two things – delivering reliable power at the lowest possible price and supporting Tasmanian jobs.
This week the Government has begun working on two key aspects of this package.
Firstly, the Government has begun the process of developing legislation to cap power prices until Tasmania breaks from mainland electricity contract pricing under the National Electricity Market. For too long, Tasmania’s power prices have been linked to power prices on the mainland. This is another mess left by Labor that we are cleaning up. Under the legislation we are developing, power prices will be capped until July 2021.
The Government is committed to break away from mainland electricity contract pricing by July 2021 and ensuring that Tasmanians pay Tasmanian prices for our energy. By de-linking from that price-setting mechanism under the National Electricity Market, the average Tasmanian household will save up to $200 per year.
Our commitment is for Tasmania to have the lowest regulated power prices in the nation, and breaking away from mainland electricity pricing will help us deliver that.
The legislation will be tabled in Parliament during the Autumn Sitting.
The second election commitment that the Government has commenced work on this week is relocating Momentum Energy jobs to Tasmania.
Momentum Energy’s call centre operations are currently based in Melbourne despite being owned by Hydro Tasmania since 2009.
Yesterday, I tasked Hydro Tasmania with identifying a Tasmanian site for Momentum’s relocated call centre.
Under our commitment, Hydro will identify a site for Momentum’s call centre operations in Tasmania within the next 12 months and I expect them to deliver on that.
I have asked Hydro to consider existing call centre infrastructure such as that in Cambridge, Kingston and Launceston.
We are committed to creating jobs and improving the lives of all Tasmanians, and this is great news that will help even more Tasmanians join the workforce.
It will also boost the local economy with more people in work and spending in local businesses.
The Hodgman Government is getting on with the job of delivering lower power prices and supporting Tasmanian jobs and I look forward to making more announcements about our Tasmania First energy policy in coming months.
Source: Tasmania Government
Response to Grattan Institute Report
Energy Networks Australia has acknowledged the latest Grattan Institute report Down to the wire: A sustainable electricity network for Australia and its rejection of risky regulatory intervention that would impact all energy customers.
Energy Networks Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Dillon said the report correctly concluded that intervention to force write-downs of all network regulated asset bases would not be an effective way to bring consumer costs down.
“Much of the Grattan report’s analysis is based on assumptions that are challengeable, however the message is clear – forcing a broad write-down of all network asset values will inevitably be detrimental to customers, as it increases regulatory risks and financing costs for all network businesses,” he said.
“Make no mistake, higher financing costs will push up network charges and power bills – it’s bad for industry and bad for consumers.
“Network revenues have actually been falling across the country over the past three years. If it wasn’t for these reductions, household power prices would be even higher than they are.’’
Mr Dillon said interference with the regulatory model underpinning long-term investment would send a negative signal about the energy industry’s stability and the broader Australian infrastructure sector.
“All policy makers are rightly stressing the need for certainty to underpin the investment required to help transform our energy grid,’’ he said.
“Our energy networks have a crucial role in supporting the transition to a zero-carbon future and facilitating the technological changes needed to allow better customer choice at the lowest cost.
“Arbitrary interventions that make network businesses riskier investments will impact our ability to deliver energy transformation and projects supporting competition.”
Source: Energy Networks Australia
Inverleigh Wind Farm
Wind Farm Developments lodged a planning application to the Victorian Government for its proposed Inverleigh Wind Farm, located 7km south east of Inverleigh and 10km north east of Winchelsea in Surf Coast Shire of Victoria. The project includes up to 16 wind turbines, a 22 MW solar farm, and approximately 12 MW of battery storage for a total generating capacity of 110.8 MW. The $200mil project was originally called the Winchelsea Wind Farm, with approval granted by the Surf Coast Shire for 13 wind turbines in 2008.
Site access construction works start at Cattle Hill Wind Farm
This week, site access construction works have started on site for the Cattle Hill Wind Farm, located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.
“Goldwind Australia is pleased to have engaged Hazell Brothers for the site access construction work. Hazell Brothers has extensive experience in delivering large-scale infrastructure projects in Tasmania,” said John Titchen, Managing Director for Goldwind Australia.
“The full civil and electrical works for the wind farm is currently at a late stage in the tendering phase and we look forward to announcing the award once this process is concluded,” said John.
Cattle Hill Wind Farm will consist of 48 Goldwind wind turbines. The project is anticipated to create up to 150 jobs during the construction period and up to 10 permanent maintenance staff when fully operational. Construction is targeted to be complete by the end of 2019.
The Cattle Hill Wind Farm Local Business Participation Program is a key initiative to identify capability and capacity in the local community and maximise opportunities for local subcontractors and suppliers to participate in the project.
Last year, Goldwind and Aurora Energy announced a long-term partnership for the purchase of Tasmanian generated renewable energy certificates produced by the wind farm, assisting Aurora Energy to meet its obligations under national renewable energy legislation. Goldwind has a connection agreement with TasNetworks to connect to the transmission network at the Waddamanna Substation.
Source: Goldwind Australia
Improving generation forecasting to stabilise the grid & lower power prices
The Turnbull Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is seeking to improve the accuracy of forecasts that predict the electricity output of large-scale wind and solar farms in order to further stabilise the grid and help lower power prices.
A commitment of $10 million has been made for ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to trial the initiative, the benefits of which could change the way predictions of large-scale wind and solar power generation are made right across the National Electricity Market.
“AEMO is responsible for balancing supply and demand in the National Electricity Market and, as part of this, they centrally predict the expected generation of all wind and solar farms in five minute intervals,” Minister Frydenberg said.
“Their central forecasts, however, could benefit from greater consideration of local factors in the immediate area of the generator, such as weather, geography and operational conditions.
“If successful, this trial could see wind and solar farms providing their own ‘self-forecasts’ that take into account exactly what’s happened when and where they are located – for example, if a cloud passes over a solar farm or if the wind changes.”
Currently, if a wind or solar farm generates more or less energy than AEMO forecasts, this can create grid stability issues which require frequency control services in order to manage supply and demand. Ultimately, the cost of these services are passed on to consumers.
“‘Self-forecasting’ at the source will allow wind and solar farms to not only maximise the amount of renewable energy dispatched into the grid, but also avoid the need to pay for frequency control services,” Minister Frydenberg said.
“It will improve the forecasting of each individual renewable generator as well as National Electricity Market forecasts overall – more accurate forecasting means greater stability of the grid and lower power prices.
“This kind of initiative is particularly important in South Australia where there is a high penetration of solar and wind power and as more comes online right across the country.”
Expressions of interest open tomorrow and close on 9 May 2018. Further information is available at www.arena.gov.au.
Source: Federal Government
NT Utilities Commission has received an application from Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd for a licence to generate electricity for its planned solar PV facilities, with individual capacities of 10MWac each, at Manton and Batchelor. They will be built adjacent to and connected to existing 132/22 KV PWC zone substations. Electricity generated from these facilities will be sold to NT electricity retailers and generators.
The Commission has also granted a generation licence to Epuron/Island GP’s 25 MW Katherine Solar Farm.
Improving short-term forecasting for wind and solar
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced it is seeking expressions of interest for projects to trial short-term forecasting from large-scale wind and solar farms across Australia.
On behalf of the Australian Government, ARENA is committing up to $10 million funding to improve ‘5-minute ahead’ forecasts for wind and solar farms operating in the National Electricity Market (NEW).
In partnership with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), ARENA is seeking to demonstrate wind and solar farms can provide more accurate forecasts of their output into AEMO’s central dispatch system.
At present, AEMO is responsible for forecasting how much electricity will be generated by wind and solar farms, the output of which varies depending on the weather and time of day.
As a part of this trial, wind and solar farms will be able to submit their own forecasts to AEMO. This will allow local measurements to be combined with AEMO’s modelling to improve the overall accuracy.
ARENA is seeking proposals for projects that will deliver ‘5-minute ahead’ forecasts, explore the commercial benefits to wind and solar farms of investing in forecasting technology and examine factors that affect the accuracy of forecasts in different weather, operational conditions and geographies.
Expressions of interest are sought in relation to utility scale wind and solar, including from generators, forecasting technology companies and turbine and solar panel manufacturers. Proposals may include multiple generators and forecasting technologies.
ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said this initiative, which originated in ARENA’s A-Lab innovation workshop last year, could allow wind and solar farms to be better integrated into the grid while simultaneously improving grid security and reducing energy costs.
“As more variable renewables enter the market, we need to improve the accuracy of our short-term forecasts so we can anticipate what will happen as a cloud passes over a solar farm or if the winds change,” he said.
“At present, wind and solar farms can be disadvantaged if their available output doesn’t match the central forecast. If the forecasts are too low, wind and solar farms are restricted in how much electricity they can paid to produce. If forecasts are too high, the wind or solar farm may be obliged to pay for the cost of stabilising, which increases the price of electricity and is ultimately passed on.
“We are hoping this initiative – which brings together wind and solar farms with forecasting technology companies and manufacturers – will change how forecasts for variable renewable energy are used in the electricity market,” Mr Frischknecht said.
AEMO Managing Director and CEO Audrey Zibelman said if successful, this initiative would be another step forward in strategically integrating renewable generation into the National Electricity Market.
“Accurate short-term forecasts are essential for balancing supply and demand, and avoiding grid instability,” Ms Zibelman said.
“If we can more accurately predict demand and the output of all types of generation, we expect this will reduce the need for additional frequency control services in the future, which the market pays for,” she said.
Expressions of Interest will open on 28 March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified in June 2018 and invited to submit full applications.
Expressions of Interest will be open from 28 March 2018 until 9 May 2018 5pm AEST.
Meridian completes purchase of GSP Energy Pty Ltd
Meridian Energy through its subsidiary Meridian Energy Australia Pty Ltd has completed the purchase of GSP Energy Pty Ltd which operates three hydro power stations, the Hume, Burrinjuck and the Keepit Power Stations (formally the Green State Power hydro assets), located in Australia.
Meridian’s Chief Executive Neal Barclay says, “Meridian is pleased to have completed this purchase, enabling us to continue to support the growth of our retail business through Australian renewable generation”.
Source: Meridian Energy
Waurn Ponds Microgrid Project
Deakin University (Geelong Campus) in Victoria is seeking expressions of interest for its $18mil Waurn Ponds Microgrid Project which will be delivered under a Design and Construct methodology. A select Expression of Interest process has commenced with a number of principal contractors with experience and capability in the design and construction of medium scale microgrids being invited to express their interest in the project.
It is intended that the works associated with the Microgrid project will be structured into the following works packages:
- Solar Farm Design and Construct
- Display Suite Construction
- HV Infrastructure and Communications Construction
- Civil and Associated Site Preparation Works
Interested contractors and suppliers are advised to register their interest noting their specific element or area of works expertise through ICN. More information available here.
Source: ICN Gateway
Twin Creek Wind Farm
South Australia’s State Commission Assessment Panel is currently considering a development application for RES Australia’s Twin Creek Wind Farm near Kapunda in the mid-north area of South Australia.
The proposed wind farm will consist of the following components:
- up to 51 Wind Turbines Generators (WTG);
- a total installed wind capacity in the order of 185 MW;
- overall height of turbines would be up to 180 metres at the blade tip;
- associated hard standing areas and access roads;
- operations and maintenance building and compound with associated car parking;
- two electrical substations;
- battery energy storage facility with an indicative capacity of 215 MW;;
- overhead and underground electrical cable reticulation;
- overhead transmission line for approximately 15 kilometres from the on-site substation to the
existing overhead Robertstown - Tungkillo transmission line east of Truro;
- meteorological masts for measuring wind speed and other climatic conditions
Development of the Twin Creek Wind Farm is forecast to generate $209 million of value added in the State of South Australia over the period of construction over a three-year period. 1,447 person years of employment in South Australia would be supported, or an average of over 480 jobs sustained per year over three years. Once operational the project is estimated to support annually $15.5 million of value added in South Australia, and support directly and indirectly in the order of 105 jobs per year.
Contact: Daniel Leahy
Development Project Manger
RES Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: (02) 8440 7422
Port Augusta Solar Storage Project
Development application for the Port Augusta Solar Storage Project lodged with South Australia’s State Commission Assessment Panel. Pangea Energy Pty Ltd intends to develop a 50 MW solar photovoltaic plant with significant energy storage of up to 300 MWh total capacity in Stirling North, a suburb south-east of Port Augusta. The Port Augusta Solar Storage Project (PASSP), previously referred to as the Stirling North Solar Storage Project, will generate both electricity and green credits (Large-scale generation certificates) to support electricity demand in South Australian.
The development incorporates the following key elements:
- Solar panels, fixed ground mounted modules facing north with tilt angle of 18 degrees from horizontal. The typical height of the bottom of the solar modules is 0.6 m above ground; maximum height of solar modules is 2.0m above ground. Single axis tracker options will be considered.
- Inverter stations will have a typical height of 2.13 m above ground. The number of inverter stations and solar panels will be determined at the time of final design after the selection of the chosen technology.
- Proposed battery Energy Storage System (ESS) area which would include a combination of solid structures (generally similar in size to shipping containers) and a range of cables and overhead conductors. The specific height of structures within the battery storage area is yet to be determined, but is expected not to exceed 6.0 m in height.
Contact: Leo Chiang Lin
Director Project Development
Sen Tek Energy Pty Ltd
Tel: (08) 8423 4420
Liverpool Range Wind Farm
NSW Department of Planning & Environment made a recommendation to approve Epuron’s up to 960 MW Liverpool Range Wind Farm, east of Coolah within the Orana and Hunter regions of NSW. The site is located in the Warrumbungle Shire, Upper Hunter Shire and Mid-Western Regional local government areas, and is on the Great Dividing Range within a larger rural area used primarily for grazing and agriculture.
The recommendation’s executive summary noted: During the assessment process Epuron reduced the number of turbines proposed to be constructed from 288 to 267 and identified a new 330 kV overhead transmission line route to address several concerns in relation to biodiversity, mineral resources and aviation issues. As such, the project as proposed now involves the installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of up to 267 turbines with a tip height of up to 165 metres (m) and hub height of up to 100 m, and an 82 km 330 kV overhead powerline to facilitate connection to the grid via the Wollar – Wellington 330 kV transmission line near Ulan.
Epuron also needs to obtain an approval from the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), due to the potential impacts on threatened species and communities.
Source: NSW Department of Planning & Environment