Position Partners and Vermeer Australia join forces to create semi-autonomous pile driving solution for Australian solar farms

29 July

A combination of Carlson machine guidance, the Vermeer PD10 pile driver machine and technical support promises increased productivity for the Australian solar industry.

Intelligent positioning solutions provider Position Partners has teamed up with heavy machinery manufacturer Vermeer Australia, to streamline pile driving applications in the solar industry.

The amount of posts required for a solar farm varies greatly, from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand. Traditional methods are labour intensive with potential for human error, as they involve a surveyor manually staking out each pile location, along with continuous stringline installation to guide the machine operator. If any pile is a little off its desired location, the racking system that is used to house the solar panels may not fit.

By eliminating the need for manual stakeout and stringlines, the new semi-autonomous solution not only speeds up the process, it also guarantees greater accuracy and improved safety, by removing the need for people to work close to the pile driving machine.

“Depending on the project, we estimate that contractors save between eight to ten dollars for every pile they drive,” said Andrew Granger, Position Partners Business Manager for Mining, Solar and Landfill. “On a small solar farm where every dollar counts that’s a good saving, and on a large-scale farm the savings are significant,” he added.

Carlson machine guidance includes a variety of sensors fitted to the machine, along with a precision GPS unit and a control box that gives the operator real-time information about location, depth and angle of each pile. With all the information required on screen, the solution eliminates the need to manually stake out the piles altogether.

When combined with Vermeer’s PD10 piling system, the benefits of Carlson’s machine guidance are further increased. Vermeer opened up the machine’s CANBUS system to allow for greater communication between the machine and the guidance technology, creating a semi-autonomous solution that reduces the risk of human error even more.

“We’ve been working with Carlson’s Australian distributor, Position Partners, for some months on this solution, with great success,” said Jeff Lawson, National Construction Sales Manager at Vermeer Australia. “Vermeer’s most advanced pile driving machine, combined with Carlson’s machine guidance and our combined technical support capabilities enables us to offer a winning combination for Australian contractors.”

Source: Position Partners


CEFC broadens emissions focus in another year of record investment

30 July

On behalf of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation I am pleased to provide you with this update on CEFC investment commitments in the 12 months to 30 June 2018.

The CEFC set new records in the number and value of investment commitments in 2017-18, delivering a heightened focus on some of the nation’s toughest emissions challenges through our support for innovative projects, technologies and investment partnerships.

We maintained our role as a leading investor in Australia’s renewable energy sector and further extended our reach into emissions reduction activities in infrastructure, agriculture, property, transport and waste. In addition, our venture capital finance for innovative clean energy companies saw continued growth.


In the 12 months to June 2018, the CEFC directly committed to 39 projects, up from 36 direct investments in FY17. Total new CEFC commitments in FY18 were $2.3 billion, up from $2.1 billion in the previous year. Our commitments in FY18 included $1.1 billion in renewable energy, $939 million in energy efficiency, $100 million in transport and $127 million in waste-related projects.


At 30 June 2018, total CEFC investment commitments since inception exceeded $6.6 billion. After allowing for repayment, amortisation and any cancellations, the CEFC investment portfolio was $5.3 billion at 30 June 2018.

In five years of investing, CEFC commitments have now contributed to clean energy projects Australia-wide, with a total project value of $19 billion. We have directly invested in more than 110 individual transactions and delivered finance for more than 5,500 smaller-scale clean energy projects.

We are proud to report that each dollar of CEFC investment commitments has been matched by more than $1.80 of private sector finance. Equally important, our portfolio of investment commitments is targeting annual cuts to greenhouse gas emissions of 10.8 million tonnes of CO2-e, and lifetime cuts to greenhouse gas emissions of more than 190 million tonnes of CO2-e.


In FY18, the CEFC invested in 10 large-scale solar projects, and four wind farms, to deliver an additional 1,100MW in clean energy Australia-wide. We have now financed more than 20 large-scale solar projects and more than 10 wind farms Australia-wide, including our most recent investment in Tasmania’s largest wind farm, at Granville Harbour, which closed just after year end.

Together these projects are targeting more than 2,400MW of additional renewable energy, sufficient to power more than 800,000 homes.

Since inception, our investment commitments have included four large-scale renewable energy projects that also include a storage component, reflecting the critical role of storage technologies in extending the benefits of low cost solar and wind power across the electricity market. A further 24 smaller-scale storage projects have been financed through our co-finance partnerships.


We are now well-established as Australia’s largest dedicated investor in clean energy innovation. Through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, operated in consultation with ARENA, the CEFC has committed venture capital of more than $56 million to nine innovative companies. Together, these companies have raised more than $140 million of new capital for clean energy projects.

These companies illustrate the strength of Australian innovation in the clean energy space, and are pursuing diverse opportunities, including behind-the-meter and storage technologies, and low emissions transport solutions.


Five years is a relatively short investment period for any organisation. Each year we have materially increased the scale and impact of our investment commitments, together with the co-investors and project developers who share our commitment to cutting our emissions. We thank them for their support.

We continue to invest with a clear commercial focus, to deliver a positive return on our investment commitments from the $10 billion in public funds entrusted to us. As our portfolio matures and our finance is repaid, we will increasingly recycle our capital in order to continue to make a positive impact on Australia’s emissions.

The opportunities are substantial, as is clearly demonstrated by the strong pipeline of projects seeking CEFC investment. Technology is advancing rapidly, and costs are continuing to fall across the clean energy economy. We see a growing impetus from asset owners, businesses and investors to cut emissions and to capitalise on the exciting economic potential of clean energy.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions remains a substantial business and investment challenge for Australia. We welcome the level of private investment we have catalysed alongside our own finance. At the same time, we recognise there is considerably more work to do, requiring action right across the economy, in renewable energy and beyond.

Please see our FY18 Investment Update for further information.

Source: CEFC


Consultation on amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015

As an outcome of the 2017 review of climate change policies, the Government committed to consult with businesses on ways to bring Safeguard Mechanism baselines up-to-date with current circumstances and make it fairer and simpler. A consultation paper was released for public comment on 21 February 2018.

The Government has released exposure draft amendments to the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (Safeguard Mechanism) Rule 2015, and an accompanying explanatory document to support understanding of the draft amendments. The exposure draft amendments and the explanatory document should be read in conjunction with the consultation outcomes paper.

The Government invites written submissions on the exposure draft amendments from all interested parties.

Source: Federal Government

Full details are available here.



Haughton Solar Farm

Pacific Hydro applied for a generation authority for the proposed Haughton Solar Farm in Queensland. The proposed 132MW DC Haughton Solar Farm is to be located south-east of Townville, approximately 17km from the township of Clare and 40km from Ayr in the Burdekin Shire. It will connect to Powerlink’s transmission grid.


Salt Creek Wind Farm final turbine commissioning and takeover

30 July

Tilt Renewables Limited (“Tilt Renewables”) is pleased to announce that all wind turbines erected at the 54MW Salt Creek Wind Farm (“SCWF”) located in Western Victoria have been successfully commissioned and taken over.

The wind turbines have to date performed reliably over a variety of wind conditions, producing slightly above expected energy yield in July, consistent with the wind speeds experienced.

Deion Campbell, Chief Executive of Tilt Renewables, commented “successfully completing our first project since demerging from Trustpower, marks a significant and very pleasing milestone. We clearly have the capability within our talented team, supported by the right project partners, to achieve our strategic goals. Our focus now shifts to delivering further shareholder value from the other near term projects in our development pipeline.”

Tilt Renewables now has an operational capacity of 636MW and a development pipeline in excess of 3500MW, with more than 1500MW holding required planning approvals.

Source: Tilt Renewables



Northam Solar Farm

The 10MW Northam Solar Farm is being constructed approximately 100kms east of Perth. The project construction works are now well advanced and the project is on track to commence commercial operations in the last quarter of the 2018 calendar year.

All detailed engineering is complete as is all procurement for major long lead items.

Western Power connection works to 22kVa substation feeder are on target for completion this month. All site preparatory works (site access, fencing, gates and security, internal roads and site buildings and facilities) are complete. Piling works for the solar array are well advanced and tracking system construction has commenced.

The first solar modules have been mounted to confirm layout accuracy and fine tune construction jigs. Trenching for cable runs is also now under way. The fabrication of the solar farm’s substation is also well progressed at EMC’s Belmont facility.

Carnegie retains its 50% share of the Northam Solar Farm as part of the recently announced proposed merger of Carnegie’s EMC subsidiary with ASX-listed Tag Pacific. The Northam asset is a source of value for Carnegie to support the ongoing commercialisation of its CETO wave technology.


Garden Island Microgrid Project

The solar PV and battery system construction has been completed on Garden Island and pre-commissioning of both systems complete. Final cabling installation work has been delayed by parallel infrastructure upgrades at HMAS Stirling but are now underway and operations are scheduled to commence in the current quarter. Carnegie maintains its 100% ownership of the Garden Island Microgrid as part of the recently announced proposed merger of Carnegie’s EMC subsidiary with ASX-listed Tag Pacific.

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy


Elliott Green Power reaches 300MW of solar

30 July

Elliott Green Power (EGP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Elliott Management Corporation (“Elliott”), is pleased to announce that it has reached more than 300 megawatts of solar power projects under construction in Australia.

The 132MW Nevertire Solar Farm, located near Warren in north-west New South Wales, is EGP’s largest project to date and follows the Susan River and Childers solar farms, both located in south-east Queensland.

The Nevertire Solar Farm will have an installed capacity of 132MW capable of generating circa 250 GWh of green electricity each year. The site will cover an area of 180 hectares and comprise approximately 400,000 solar panels, installed on ground-mounted single axis tracking frames.

Combined with the 98MW Susan River Solar Farm and 78 MW Childers Solar Farm, once completed, EGP will be producing circa 570 GWh of green power per year, which is enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 80,000 homes across south-east Queensland and north-west New South Wales.

Construction of the Susan and Childers solar farms is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the Nevertire solar farm in the first half of 2019. Construction of all three projects is being undertaken by Biosar, through its Australian arm.

The three projects will deliver jobs, expertise and training as well as growth to regional Australia.

Local labour hires, including indigenous Australians, will make up 80% of the workforce that will total a peak of ca. 900 workers across the three projects during the construction phases. The emphasis placed on supporting the community will not only contribute to the successful delivery of these projects but also serve to provide long-term benefits to the regions.

The projects will utilise local quarries, concrete suppliers, contractors, surveyors, geo-technical engineering firms, hire equipment, fuel supplies and on-site amenities.

Source: Elliott Green Power



Bonshaw Solar Farm

Location: Bonshaw, New South Wales

Developer: GAIA Australia

Capacity: 500 MW

LGA: Inverell Shire

Estimated cost: $700mil

Description: The proposed infrastructure includes PV units, battery storage, two site office options and overhead/underground cabling between allotments, substation and switchyard. The solar farm site is located on approximately 1097 hectares and is proposed to connect directly to Transgrid’s existing Dumaresq Substation. It is anticipated that a battery storage system (BSS) will be installed as close to the Dumaresq Substation as possible to minimise losses. The specific technology, MW rated capacity and MWh of storage for the proposed BSS will be determined during the detailed design stage of the project. There will be two stages involved with the construction. Stage 1 has a proposed capacity of 200 MW capacity, commencing construction mid-2019. Stage 2 is an addition 300 MW, construction is planning to commence 2021.

Contact: Eliza Collison

Project Manager


Tel: (02) 4903 5500


Renewables industry rides wave of confidence, but concern remains about long-term policy

31 July

A new survey of CEOs and executives across the renewable energy industry has found strong confidence in short-term investments but concern about policy uncertainty for the future, the Clean Energy Council’s Chief Executive Kane Thornton said when launching the Australian Clean Energy Summit (ACES) at the ICC in Sydney today.

Mr Thornton said the summit was being held at a time when the fate of the proposed National Energy Guarantee hangs in the balance, and during a year of record activity and economic investment in renewables and energy storage.

“The Clean Energy Outlook survey we are releasing shows cautious optimism from the executives who responded. The industry has been in a record growth phase, but those who have been around for a while have not forgotten the lean years in the middle of the decade caused by chronic political and policy uncertainty,” Mr Thornton said.

“Renewable energy like wind and solar is now the lowest-cost generation it is possible to build, but if we get the policy and regulatory settings wrong it will hurt economic activity across the sector.”

The inaugural Clean Energy Outlook includes responses from 100 CEOs and senior executives across the renewable energy and storage industries. Ranked out of 10, the group’s level of confidence to make investments over the next three years averaged 6.9.

Almost three quarters (73 per cent) of those surveyed were planning to hire more staff in the next 12 months, while only 4 per cent expected their number of staff to drop during this period. The two biggest common issues affecting businesses were policy uncertainty and regulatory change.

“This year’s Australian Clean Energy Summit comes after 18 months of extraordinary economic opportunities for the industry and regional parts of the country because of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). It has attracted a capacity crowd of 1000 senior executives and policymakers to Sydney for the event,” Mr Thornton said.

“We are confident this prosperity will continue over the next couple of years, but it’s essential that we can return secure bipartisan support to ensure the transition to clean energy continues at the lowest possible cost to consumers.

Source: Clean Energy Council


Carnegie and Enel Green Power to collaborate on wave energy

31 July

  • Carnegie and Enel Green Power to collaborate on wave energy
  • €1 million (AU$1.6 million) investment by Enel Green Power
  • Collaboration focused on CETO 6, Albany and Wave Energy Research Centre
  • Collaboration extends to pursuing international opportunities for CETO

Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX: CCE) is pleased to announce the signing of a Collaboration Agreement with global renewables player Enel Green Power (EGP) which will see EGP invest €1 million (AU$1.6 million) in the research, development and deployment of the CETO wave energy technology. EGP will also become a technical advisory committee member of both Carnegie and the Wave Energy Research Centre run by the University of Western Australia with support from the WA State Government.

Enel Green Power (EGP) is the renewable energy division of the Enel Group, one of the largest energy companies in the world. EGP is a global leader in renewable energy with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. It manages around 42,000 MW of renewable energy plants across wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.

Carnegie and EGP will collaborate on the development and testing of the CETO technology, the Albany Wave Energy Project and future CETO projects. EGP will invest €1 million (AU$1.6 million) into the development of CETO across a number of milestones. Carnegie and EGP will also work together

CETO 6 Technology

The CETO 6 design builds on intellectual property first lodged by Carnegie in 2013 incorporating on-board power generation and multiple moorings and power take off (PTO) modules. These additional features boost power production and unit efficiency however also introduce additional complexity. Carnegie took a conservative development path to progressively introduce these features through its CETO 5 generation and only now with CETO 6, will these features be incorporated for the first time.

CETO 6 Unit

The new CETO 6 unit will have a nameplate capacity of 1.5MW and deliver more than twice the energy production of the previous single moored CETO 6 unit design aimed at being competitive with other mainstream renewable technologies once it is being manufactured in high volumes and built at large project scale.

Wave Energy Research Centre

The WA State Government is also supporting the establishment of the national Wave Energy Research Centre managed by the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and UWA’s Albany Campus. The local Western Australian investment will apply WA’s existing unique offshore energy capability to the development of a wave energy industry, creating domestic and export opportunities. Carnegie will play a role in the Wave Energy Research Centre through close collaboration with UWA and all the Research Centre partners. This will include sharing the site-specific surveys and common user data produced by Carnegie’s Albany Wave Energy Project. In addition, Carnegie intends to transfer the common user infrastructure to the State following the completion of the Project’s operational period. Carnegie will also facilitate access for industry partners to Carnegie’s wave energy research facility in North Fremantle and Carnegie’s Garden Island Demonstration site.

Albany Wave Energy Project

The Albany Wave Energy Project (AWEP) is a technology development project that involves the design, manufacture and installation of a CETO 6 unit in Carnegie’s existing licence area offshore from Torbay and Sandpatch in Albany, Western Australia. The unit will be operated for 12 months during which Carnegie will be testing the system to maximise learnings including optimising system performance, validating computational modelling results, refining installation and removal methodologies, and validating the reliability of the system. If successful, Carnegie aims to follow this with a 20MW wave farm and potentially a 100MW expansion.

The project will also deliver common user infrastructure at the Albany site which will be made available for other wave energy industry developers once AWEP is complete. AWEP is supported by $15.75m from the Western Australian Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and $11.7m from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy


Goldwind Australia launches ‘One Million Homes’ campaign

31 July

By 2020, one in ten Australian homes will be powered by Goldwind’s advanced wind turbine technology. That’s one million homes using sustainable, clean energy. And that’s just the start.

For over twenty years, we’ve been putting the wind to good use by providing turnkey solutions to customers and partners across the globe.

In 2012 we delivered our first wind farm in Australia, the 19.5MW Mortons Lane Wind Farm in Victoria. A year later, we brought the winds of change to the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales and built the 165.5MW Gullen Range Wind Farm.

Recently, we’ve delivered the 175MW White Rock Wind Farm Stage 1, 10MW Gullen Range Solar Farm, and 20MW White Rock Solar Farm.

We’re currently constructing three wind farms, including the 530MW Stockyard Hill and 321MW Moorabool Wind Farms in Victoria, the 148MW Cattle Hill Wind Farm, and soon to start at the 280MW Coppabella Wind Farm in New south Wales.

Once operational, these projects will provide clean energy to approximately 830,000 more homes across Australia.

Our footprint in Australia is expanding and by 2020 Goldwind’s advanced wind turbine technology will power one million Australian homes with sustainable, clean energy.

Source: Goldwind Australia


Countdown to COAG: 10 days to determine Australia’s energy future

31 July

With less than 10 days to go until state and territory energy ministers determine the future of the Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), the Climate Council is calling on states and territories to demand stronger emissions reduction targets for the electricity sector.

Climate Council Acting CEO, Dr Martin Rice said, “Australia needs to rapidly and deeply reduce greenhouse gas pollution levels to effectively tackle climate change and keep pace with the global transition to renewable energy.”

“The electricity sector is Australia’s biggest polluter. But is also the sector with the greatest opportunity to slash the nation’s rising greenhouse gas pollution levels, by transitioning to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technologies,” said Dr Rice.

“The NEG, with its woefully inadequate emissions reduction target of 26%, simply won’t deliver the investment in new, clean and reliable renewable energy needed to end Australia’s unhealthy and unsustainable reliance on polluting, ageing and unreliable coal,” he said.

“Securing credible and robust climate and energy policy is simply far too important for states and territories to succumb to pressure and rush through the NEG as proposed. Particularly given the modelling has not been made publicly available and so it appears some of the underlying assumptions behind the NEG may be highly questionable,” said Dr Rice.

The Climate Council’s Senior Energy Analyst, Petra Stock said, “For Australia to achieve sufficient greenhouse gas pollution reductions it must “achieve a minimum range of 50-70% renewable energy across Australia by 2030.”

“We are yet to see a credible climate and energy policy be put forward by the Federal Government. Fortunately, states and territories have been leading the renewable energy transition, driving local investment and jobs particularly in regional areas,” said Ms Stock.

“The NEG as it currently stands will simply act as a handbrake on state and territory leadership and Australia’s booming renewables sector” she said.

“Investor confidence will only increase when Australian climate and energy policy actually drives growth in wind and solar power and effectively tackles rising emissions,” said Ms Stock.

The Climate Council’s ‘Roadmap To A Renewable Future’ recommends Australia continue transitioning away from its ageing, polluting and inefficient coal and gas fleet and encourage investment in a new clean power supply.


- Australian climate and energy policy must accept the need for deep greenhouse gas pollution cuts from the electricity sector in order to limit global temperature rise and tackle climate change.

- This means slashing carbon pollution from the electricity sector by 60% by 2030, and ensuring that targets can be ratcheted up over time.

- Australia’s electricity sector needs plans in place to reach net zero emissions well before 2050. This is in line with National Energy Market (NEM) state and territory commitments.

- To have any effect on carbon pollution (and not just add bureaucratic red tape), any NEM wide emissions target for 2030 and beyond must meet or exceed the total level of state and territory targets.

- Australia must achieve a minimum of 50 – 70% renewable energy across Australia by 2030.

- Credible climate and energy policy needs to encourage investment in new clean power supply – when and where needed – well in advance of coal closures, and not place reliability in the hands of ageing coal and gas generators.

Source: Climate Council



Gold Coast Solar Farm

Project developer Ormed Investments has decreased the scope and scale of its proposed Gold Coast Solar Farm in Ormeau, Queensland. The Gold Coast City Council and the Department of State Development’s concerns about glare, potential visual impact, project lifecycle and flooding have resulted in a considerable reduction in the scale and intensity of the proposal. The project is now to be located in the far north-eastern corner of the site, occupying approximately 66ha (instead of the whole 203ha of the site). It will now have a maximum generation capacity of 38 MW (instead of 100 MW) and no battery storage. It will also be completely automated, non-manned facility.


Fossil power falls 5th year running, as renewables soar

1 August

Global electricity generated from coal and gas has fallen for a fifth consecutive year, while power generated from solar skyrocketed by around 22%, according to new data from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Climate Councillor and energy expert Professor Andrew Stock said the findings from the International Energy Agency ‘Electricity Information 2018: Overview’ report confirms that the world’s move away from polluting and inefficient coal and gas continues to accelerate.

“Electricity created from fossil fuels dropped in 2017, while clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy such as solar and wind technology continued to boom, accounting for two-thirds of new power generation spending around the world,” he said.

The IEA report shows electricity generation from fossil fuels fell for a fifth consecutive year with electricity production from coal, gas and biofuels dropping to 67%. While electricity generation from solar increased by 22% (in the OECD), along with wind rising by 15%.

Professor Stock said the IEA’s report ‘World Energy Investment’ found that the rest of the world is walking away from fossil fuels, with China’s investment in coal power stations falling by 55% last year.

“India invested more in renewable energy than coal and gas combined in 2017,” he said.  “It’s time to pull the plug on the fossil fuel life-support in Australia. In just over a decade, 55% of coal power stations across the nation will reach over 40 years of age. While in the last seven months alone (Dec 2017 – June 2018), we’ve already seen coal and gas power stations recording almost 100 breakdowns and failures.”

“In order to tackle climate change and provide affordable electricity, 24/7, there’s no room for new coal power stations, nor government subsidies for these polluting power sources.”

“We know the estimated cost of building a coal power station with carbon capture and storage in Australia is over six times the equivalent cost of Australia’s largest wind farm – it’s a no brainer.”

With less than 10 days to go until state and territory energy ministers determine the future of the Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), the Climate Council is calling on states and territories to demand stronger emissions reduction targets for the electricity sector.

To view the International Energy Agency’s latest reports, please click here.

Read the Climate Council’s latest report ‘End of the Line: Coal in Australia.’

Source: Climate Council



Sandigo Solar Farm

ESCO Pacific’s Sandigo Solar Farm, near Narrandera in southwest NSW, has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. Approval was granted to develop a new 100 MW solar farm and 40 MWh battery storage facility.

The Department publicly exhibited the development application and received submissions from seven Government agencies and one member of the general public. None of the government agencies objected to the project, however the single public submission was an objection. The key issues considered in the Department’s assessment are potential impacts to agricultural land and traffic.

The Department considers that the project would not significantly reduce the overall agricultural productivity of the region and is satisfied that the site could be returned to agricultural uses in the future. In relation to traffic, the project site is located adjacent to a major state highway and would result in minimal traffic disturbance to local road users. Roads and Maritime Services has confirmed that road safety can be managed through road upgrades and a comprehensive Traffic Management Plan.

In summary, the Department considers the site to be suitable for the project as it has good solar resources, has largely been cleared for agricultural purposes, and is close to the existing electricity network. The project is consistent with both the Commonwealth’s Renewable Energy Target and NSW’s Climate Change Policy Framework as it would contribute 100 megawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market, including 40 megawatt-hours of dispatchable generation. The Department considers that the project would result in benefits to the State of NSW and the local community, and is therefore in the public interest.

Source: NSW Department of Planning and Environment


National Energy Guarantee final detailed design - Commonwealth elements

1 August

The Commonwealth Government has prepared a final detailed design document on the elements of the National Energy Guarantee that are its responsibility. These include the mechanics of setting and changing the emissions reduction target, the design of the emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity exemption process and the use of offsets.

The National Energy Guarantee Final Detailed Design – Commonwealth Elements can be found using the link below.

The final design follows from the consultation process on the Commonwealth’s Draft Detailed Design for Consultation - Commonwealth Elements paper, released on 15 June 2018. The consultation period has now closed.

The Commonwealth received over 70 submissions in response to the June 2018 consultation paper.

This paper sits alongside the Energy Security Board's Final Detailed Design paper.

Next steps

The Energy Security Board’s final design of the Guarantee will be presented to the COAG Energy Council for its final determination at the August 2018 meeting of the Council.

Should the Council agree to adopt the Guarantee, the Energy Security Board intend to release an exposure draft of the National Electricity Law legislative amendments for public consultation. 

The Commonwealth Government intends to introduce its supporting Commonwealth legislation into Parliament before the end of the year. The National Energy Guarantee Final Detailed Design – Commonwealth Elements can be found here.

Source: COAG Energy Council



Avonlie Solar Farm

The Avonlie Solar Farm environmental impact statement has been placed on public exhibition until 31 August by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. RES Australia is planning to construct a proposed 200 MW photovoltaic solar farm and associated infrastructure at Avonlie on a 581 hectare development site on freehold rural land approximately 20km south‐east of Narrandera.

Approximately 670,000 solar panels would be mounted in rows on a single axis tracking system, with trackers likely to have a typical maximum tilt height of 4m. Ground cover would be established under the panels and would likely be managed using sheep grazing. An existing TransGrid‐owned 132 kV transmission line runs through the development site.

The proposal includes a battery storage facility (BSF), which is proposed to be constructed at the same time as the solar farm, or as part of a staged development within 5 years of the commissioning of the solar farm. Subject to economic and technical considerations, the BSF will comprise banks of lithium‐ion batteries housed in customised buildings. The BSF would have the ability to house approximately 205 MW/205 MW hr rated capacity, with an initial pilot study of 10MW hr.


The Solar River Project

The Solar River Project near Robertstown, 110km north of Adelaide in South Australia, has secured Section 49 crown development approval. Construction of the project is anticipated to take 16-18 months, with construction starting in 2019.

The project developer is finalising the construction (EPC) contractor. Once assigned, supplier contracts will be with the EPC directly.

The Solar River Project encourages local industry interested in supplying to the project to register an expression of interest (EOI) through the ICN Gateway. Click here for more details.

The project includes a 200 MW PV array with an integration of 120MWh battery system and extra 95MWh network stability battery. The 200 MW ground mounted array will be connected to Australian National Grid via a 275,000-volt transmission line.

The project is expected to generate (150) jobs in the development phase, (350) regional jobs in the two year construction phase and (25) regional jobs for the 25 year plus 25-year life of the facility supporting field operations and maintenance activities.

Source: ICN Gateway

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