Climate Capital and Sunrise Energy Group execute first renewable energy project

Climate Capital, Sunrise Energy Group and Image Resources have executed a project to build a new solar farm at the Boonanarring Mineral Sands Project.

The 2.3 MW solar farm is a behind-the-meter installation that complements the existing grid-connected power supply. It will improve the financial outcomes of Image Resources’ mine and processing operation and its carbon emissions footprint.

Climate Capital has agreed to acquire a majority stake in the solar farm from Sunrise Energy and will fund its completion. Associated commercial agreements have also been executed, including an agreement for Sunrise Energy to undertake the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the project.

The solar farm is Climate Capital’s first investment since it achieved its first-round capital raise in early 2018. Its business model is based on providing co-investment opportunities for its shareholders in solar, wind and hydro-electricity. It has a pipeline of projects across the National Electricity Market and the Western Australian energy markets, which have been originated internally by its team, and later-stage opportunities through its developer partnerships.

Climate Capital’s CEO, Dominic Churchill, said that “we are excited that this project is our first investment, and have been working with Sunrise and Image for almost a year to ensure that all of the commercial arrangements are in place for a successful project.

“A key part of our investment thesis is that there are many opportunities to work directly with the corporate sector to develop smaller-scale projects that can avoid many of the network connection and commercial challenges faced by large and remote renewable projects.”

The Boonanarring solar farm project is a behind-the-meter solution. However, there are also opportunities around the country to develop grid-connected renewable energy projects, typically up to 10 MW, that are backed by corporate power purchasing agreements.

Neil Canby, Executive Director of Sunrise Energy Group said that “we are delighted that the solar farm at Boonanarring has been executed successfully. It is a reward for the effort that our team, Climate Capital and Image Resources have put into overcoming a number of challenges that arose since it was first announced in April 2018.

 “The project demonstrates the potential for the corporate sector to reduce energy costs and improve emissions profiles by facilitating renewable energy solutions. In particular, it demonstrates that distributed energy projects can be successful for commercial and industrial customers in Western Australia, which has a very different market to the National Electricity Market in the Eastern States” Mr Canby added.

Source: Climate Capital


AltEnergy Industry Directory

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Doughboy Wind Farm

Location: 40km east of Armidale and several km north of Wollomombi in NSW

Capacity: Not finalised

Developer: Epuron

LGA: Armidale

Status: First Community Drop-in Day held on 24 October 2019

Description: Wind monitoring results over 18 months provided positive results with developer Epuron moving to the next step of creating a layout plan for a wind farm and preparing an environmental impact statement. The location is also located in close proximity to powerlines that connect to the electricity grid.

Contact: Grant Alderson

Development Manager




Renewable hydrogen could power Moranbah ammonia facility

30 September

The world’s largest green ammonia plant powered by renewable hydrogen could be built in Queensland, thanks to support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

On behalf of the Australian Government, ARENA today announced $980,000 for Dyno Nobel Moranbah Pty Ltd (Dyno Nobel), a business of Incitec Pivot Limited, to conduct and assess the feasibility of building a renewable ammonia facility at its existing Moranbah ammonia plant.

This project is aligned with ARENA’s new investment priorities focussed on accelerating hydrogen in Australia and helping industry to reduce their emissions, which are geared towards future proofing our energy system and economy and helping to further unlock the vast renewable resources Australia has on offer.

If feasible, the proposed green ammonia facility would include up to a 160 MW electrolyser and 210 MW solar farm co-located at Moranbah. Dyno Nobel’s Moranbah facility currently operates a modern ammonia plant employing 50 people and manufactures more than 360,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate annually for supply to mining customers.

The company currently uses natural gas as its feedstock to make hydrogen for ammonia. The $2.7 million feasibility study will look at the potential to use renewable hydrogen produced via electrolysis to increase ammonia production at its facility to meet increased demand in the region for ammonium nitrate.

Ammonia production is the largest use of hydrogen, consuming half of total global hydrogen supplied production.

This is the second ARENA-funded feasibility study looking at how renewable hydrogen could produce ammonia, after it was also announced today that Queensland Nitrates would also investigate building a renewable hydrogen ammonia plant at their existing facility in Moura.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said this was the first step to decarbonising the ammonia sector, and would also help to progress the commercialisation of renewable hydrogen for domestic and international use.

“Hydrogen is a huge opportunity for Australia, both for domestic use and as an export opportunity – and we believe that you cannot realise the export potential without a domestic market, which is why ARENA is looking to fund renewable ammonia and other domestic applications.”

Mr Miller said ARENA has identified ammonia sector as a key user of hydrogen and one that represents a significant opportunity to deploy renewable hydrogen technologies.

“As ammonia already uses hydrogen, ammonia production at large scale is an ideal opportunity for us to begin exploring the pathway to lowering emissions through the use of renewable hydrogen as it already uses hydrogen in an industrial application, and has existing supply chains and end users,” he said.

“Given ammonia production is an energy-intensive industry that accounts for one per cent of global emissions, this project could also help the ammonia industry to reduce its emissions by switching to renewable hydrogen,” he said.

Tim Wall, President Global Manufacturing Incitec Pivot Limited said: “The aim of the feasibility study is to determine whether renewable hydrogen can be produced in a way that makes commercial sense to support expanding our Morandbah manufacturing facility in central Queensland.

“We are pleased to be working with ARENA to determine whether we can lower the cost of producing renewable hydrogen at industrial scale, which would support local industry and jobs, and reduce our carbon footprint.”

Source: ARENA


Queensland green ammonia plant could use renewable hydrogen

30 September

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today provided $1.9 million in funding to Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd (QNP) to assess the feasibility of the construction and operation of a renewable ammonia plant at its existing facility near Moura in Central Queensland.

The consortium, led by QNP and partners Neoen and Worley, proposes to produce 20,000 tonnes per year of ammonia from 3,600 tonnes of renewable hydrogen. The new plant would provide up to 20 per cent of Queensland Nitrates’ current ammonia requirements, which is presently manufactured from natural gas. The renewable hydrogen would also fill an ammonia production gap that QNP currently procures from third party suppliers.

The aim of the study is to determine the technical and economic feasibility of producing renewable ammonia at a commercial scale, helping to further progress the commercialisation of renewable hydrogen production for both domestic and international use.

If proven feasible, QNP would produce hydrogen via electrolysis for one fifth of its ammonia production. The electrolysers would be powered by a hybrid supply of wind, solar and stored renewable energy from facilities owned and operated by Neoen.

According to Bloomberg, over 50 per cent of deliberate hydrogen production is used for ammonia. Ammonia production accounts for 1 per cent of global emissions.

Domestic and international markets for renewable hydrogen are emerging. Australia holds a competitive advantage to play a global role in the emerging hydrogen export market due to the existing expertise and infrastructure in energy export supply chains, proximity to key emerging hydrogen markets in Asia and an abundance of renewable energy resources.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said: “Companies looking at creating hydrogen via electrolysis will help establish a local economy for hydrogen and ammonia production in Australia. This is the first step in the country tapping into the huge potential of a renewable hydrogen export industry.”

“ARENA is helping to create a market for hydrogen and to ensure that Australia remains at the front of this shift to renewable energy. ARENA is helping industry produce hydrogen at a price, quality and reliability point where it can be competitive with natural gas.”

ARENA has also recently launched new investment priorities which includes accelerating hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. Previously, ARENA has supported Toyota’s hydrogen centre at their Altona former car manufacturing plant, ATCO’s hydrogen microgrid in Western Australia, Jemena’s power-to-grid gas demonstration in western Sydney and BOC’s renewable hydrogen refuelling project at Bulwer Island. Last year, ARENA also awarded $22.1 million to 16 hydrogen research projects. ARENA is also contributing to the National Hydrogen Strategy being led by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel.

Last year ARENA commissioned a report by ACIL Allen Consulting to look into the opportunities for Australia from hydrogen exports. The report found that Australia is in a strong position to become a leading exporter of hydrogen, as global demand increases over the next decade, predicting Australia’s hydrogen export industry could be worth $1.7 billion annually to the economy and create 2,800 jobs by 2030.

QNP General Manager David Armstrong said: “QNP, along with project partners Worley and Neoen, is pleased to have ARENA support enabling the feasibility study to proceed. We look forward to the success of the project including the contribution it makes to the development of a larger renewables-based hydrogen industry.”

Source: ARENA


Wind turbine components to begin the journey to Granville Harbour Wind Farm

30 September

The first deliveries of wind turbine components destined for Granville Harbour Wind Farm are set to depart Burnie in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday 2 October.

Over the course of the next six months, 372 Vestas wind turbine components – including blades, tower sections, hubs, drivetrains and nacelles – will be transported 193km on custom-built trailers to the Granville Harbour Wind Farm site near Zeehan.

Granville Harbour Wind Farm Project Director Lyndon Frearson said a huge amount work and meticulous planning had been done to prepare for the long journey to site:

“The movement of such large pieces of equipment is one of the most complex aspects of the entire project. We have been working closely with the Department of State Growth, local emergency services and Council representatives to ensure we perform this task as safely as possible and minimise the impact to the community.”

“Oversize loads will depart Burnie very early in the morning to minimise the disruption to motorists and will be accompanied by escort vehicles to manage traffic along the route.”

“Detailed analysis has been undertaken to determine the best transport route and we have completed minor works – such as pruning, adjusting road signage and bridge upgrades – to ensure all oversize vehicles can safely navigate the various roads and intersections as they travel to site.”

Following a successful trial run earlier this month, Mr Frearson said they were now ready to commence deliveries for the 372 oversize components needed to construct the wind farm’s 31 turbines.

“We have a team of highly experienced truck drivers dedicated to this task. Each wind turbine blade is 62 metres long and weighs almost 14.7 tonnes – so moving these components requires great skill and precision.”

“Safety is our number one priority and we will be taking things slowly and carefully, so some delays are inevitable. We will keep the community informed of our movements and try to minimise any inconvenience.”

“I’d like to thank the community for their incredible support of the project so far and to ask for your patience and understanding while these important deliveries take place.”

The first loads are expected to depart Burnie at around 3am on Wednesday, with one wind turbine blade and one hub scheduled to start the journey approximately 15 minutes apart. The blade trailer will be 67 metres long and is predicted to travel at an average speed of 30 km/hour. This should have the heavy vehicles arriving on site by 11am on the morning of departure.

Mr Frearson said the first deliveries marked a significant milestone for the project and the team was looking forward to erecting the first wind turbine on site in the coming weeks. When installed, each of Granville Harbour Wind Farm’s turbines will be almost 200 metres in height at the blade tip – making these the tallest in Tasmania.

Deliveries will take place from Monday to Saturday, six days of the week, with around four trucks travelling to site most days. No deliveries will occur on Sundays or Public Holidays.

Further information including the route map and latest delivery schedule is available on the Granville Harbour Wind Farm website:

Source: Granville Harbour Wind Farm


NSW Government delivering an affordable, reliable and clean energy future

30 September

Minister for Energy Matt Kean has today announced the next stage in the $75 million NSW Emerging Energy Program, which encourages private sector investment in cutting edge large-scale electricity and storage projects through feasibility and capital grants.

Feasibility grants worth a total of $7.1 million have been awarded to 10 electricity projects to help get them shovel ready so that we can meet the States future energy needs. These projects are spread across seven locations in NSW, including Broken Hill, Yass and Armidale.

21 projects have also been shortlisted to receive capital funding to assist with the construction of on-demand electricity. The shortlisted projects include over 700 megawatts of on-demand electricity capacity across six technologies, including pumped hydro, gas, biogas, solar thermal, virtual power plants and batteries. The successful recipients will be announced in the first half of 2020.

“The NSW Government is committed to delivering affordable, reliable and cleaner power for NSW. The Emerging Energy Program does just that,” Mr Kean said.

“AEMO’s latest report identified that NSW is well placed to handle the summers up until Liddell’s retirement in 2023 but we’re planning for the future, looking at how we can harness tomorrow’s technology today by encouraging private capital to build the 21st century grid,” Mr Kean said.

“These projects will help show the way for new technology, making it easier for other projects to come online, increase competition and put downward pressure on prices,” Mr Kean said.

“The transformation of our electricity system is going to drive an energy construction boom, as the projects awarded feasibility grants could see almost $2 billion in private investment,” Mr Kean said.

Successful applicants can work with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for finance through its Dispatchable Power Program.

For more information about the Emerging Energy Program and the full list of shortlisted projects visit:


WBHO Infrastructure sets sights on renewable energy sector

30 September

WBHO Infrastructure (WBHO-I) has set its sights on a series of renewable energy projects, part of the company’s strategic plan to expand its business and diversify its core capabilities in Australia.

David McPadden, Executive General Manager Eastern Region, said WBHO-I had a strong track record in the renewable energy sector, having successfully delivered balance of plant (BOP) infrastructure on some of the largest renewable energy projects in the country.

“The renewable energy sector is experiencing unprecedented activity in Australia,” he said. “Civil, mechanical and electrical BOP are core competencies for WBHO-I. We have delivered access roads, hardstands, turbine foundations, 33kV electrical reticulation, substations, overhead power lines, and operation and maintenance buildings for a range of wind and solar facilities. Our experience and capability means we consistently meet – and in many cases, exceed – program milestones, allowing our clients to begin commercial operations sooner than expected.”

WBHO-I delivered all civil, mechanical and electrical BOP for the largest operating solar farm in the country, the 230MW Nyngan Solar Farm in New South Wales, and also provided BOP for the first utility-scale solar photo-voltaic project in Australia, the Greenough River Solar Farm. In Victoria, WBHO-I completed civil BOP for Acciona Energy’s 132MW 44-turbine Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm ahead of schedule, facilitating early commissioning and generation of power, and was also part of a joint venture that delivered civil BOP for Pacific Hydro’s 29MW 14-turbine Yaloak South Wind Farm, the scope of work staged to allow early energisation of collector groups.

Currently in western Victoria, the SNC-Lavalin/WBHO-I Joint Venture is working to deliver civil and electrical BOP for Goldwind’s 530MW 149-turbine Stockyard Hill Wind Farm – the largest wind farm in Australia. The scope of work includes construction of anchored foundations and commissioning of 149 wind turbine generators, six measurement towers, 100 kilometres of internal access roads, 129 kilometres of cable trenching and 10km of 33KV overhead power lines. Three substations are being constructed concurrently to facilitate the installation of four transformers and associated buildings.

The project team has maintained an exceptional safety record to date, working 600,000 hours LTI-free, and successfully maintained program despite a series of extreme rain events. Project Manager Brent Lindeback said careful planning and quality pavement design had been fundamental to the project’s success to date. “To deliver these projects on time, a quality internal road network is an absolute priority,” he said. “Concrete pours for turbine foundations, turbine deliveries, transformer deliveries – none of it is possible without quality pavement in place.”

“We took the time to develop a detailed understanding of the geology supporting our proposed pavement and we worked closely with the design team, challenging the pavement design every step of the way. It paid off – the pavement has performed extremely well and we’ve been able to complete all of our activities and deliveries across the site as planned, despite the extreme weather. In fact, we are on schedule to pour the last of 149 wind turbine foundations next month – a major milestone for the project.”

To deliver the works at Stockyard Hill, Brent and his team have installed three concrete batching plants, conducted an extensive drill and blast operation for 600,000 tonne of onsite quarry product and installed crushing and screening facilities, overburden and top soil storage areas. A 2.1 megalitre water storage dam was installed to ensure optimum moisture content in quarry product, maximising productivity and minimising the amount of potable water used in construction.

Consistent with WBHO-I’s reputation for quality of service and innovative solutions, Brent and his team have also worked to identify a series of design changes that delivered time and cost savings for the client. By optimising the internal access road design, the team was able to eliminate 8.5km of pavement while an alternative footing design reduced the amount of concrete and steel required on the project. Similarly, an innovative anchored foundation design minimised construction waste and will require less maintenance in future, compared to traditional anchored footings.

The team has also supported relationships with 35 private landowners and worked closely with Pyrenees Shire Council to plan 20km of external road upgrades surrounding the new wind farm. “Rather than waiting until the end of the project to complete the external road upgrades, we worked collaboratively with the local council to begin the work early, ensuring the roads were suitable for construction and local traffic,” said Brent. “It’s a win for everyone – the local community, the council and the project.”

Local industry participation and local jobs have been a significant focus on the project, with the majority of equipment and materials sourced from Australian companies – more than 85% from within Victoria and the local area. “We’ve developed a really strong network of local suppliers and subcontractors in Victoria’s Central Highlands region,” said Brent. “For example DE Quarries from Skipton managed our on-site crushing operation, with additional product supplied from their private quarry. Grampians Excavation from Stawell provided plant and plant operators for our civil operations, and Toohey’s Formwork from Ballarat constructed the concrete turbine foundations. Through these subcontractors and many others, we’ve been able to connect local people with jobs on the project, benefitting the local region and local communities.”

Source: WBHO


Final infrastructure in place as ACT set to deliver on 100% renewable electricity target

1 October

The ACT now has infrastructure in place to achieve 100% renewable electricity in 2020 and beyond, the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

Through the ACT’s successful reverse auction scheme, the Hornsdale 3 wind farm in South Australia will today begin its contract. It is the last renewable infrastructure contracted for the ACT to reach 100% renewable electricity.

The 109-megawatt wind farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of around 58,000 homes in the ACT every year over the next 20 years.

"This is a huge achievement in consolidating the ACT’s reputation as Australia’s renewable energy capital and is a significant milestone in achieving our ultimate goal of zero net emissions by 2045," Minister Rattenbury said today.

"The Hornsdale 3 windfarm is the last of our 10 large scale renewable energy generators that are spread across the country and are helping to power the ACT on clean energy at low prices.

"With our recently announced new renewable electricity auction, we are now in a position where we are ready to maintain 100% renewable electricity from 2020 into the future. Reaching this feat has proven that climate change action is both achievable and affordable.

"Our four renewable electricity auctions have also helped bring in more than $500 million worth of investment into the ACT region and help make us a centre for high-skilled renewable sector jobs.

"The work isn't done yet though. Last month’s release of the ACT's Climate Change Strategy and Canberra’s Living Infrastructure Plan outline how we will become a more sustainable and liveable city, while adapting to rising temperatures."

Source: ACT Government


South Australia Planning and Design Code

Renewable Energy

What is the Planning and Design Code?

The Code is the cornerstone of South Australia’s new planning system and will become the state’s single source of all planning zones and rules for assessing development applications. It will replace all 72 Development Plans by 1 July 2020. The Code aims to make the development application process quicker, simpler and more equitable, giving people greater access to planning information that is consistent and clear, and available online 24/7.


New forms of electricity generation, in the form of wind, solar and pumped hydro facilities are growing at a fast pace across Australia. Battery power storage is also being developed to provide power network security and reliability features to help maintain the stability of our energy grids.

Renewable technologies provide sources of energy that have lower environmental impacts than conventional energy sources by reducing carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change. New sources of generation also provides long-term energy security through increased competition and network reliability.

The increasing growth and scale of wind and solar developments raises important planning issues in respect to land use suitability, environmental impacts, amenity and the adequacy of setbacks from non-involved residences and landowners. These impacts need extensive consideration during development assessment.

The Planning and Design Code needs to accommodate policies that support these outcomes balanced in a way that recognises community concerns, and as such, the State Planning Commission is seeking your views on the draft Code. Below is an outline of the key proposals in the Code to assist you in making a submission.

What are the benefits?

The Code will assist in facilitating the delivery of new renewable energy infrastructure by:

  • Locating new developments in appropriate areas, such as on rural land.
  • Providing increased setbacks to non-involved landowners and urban areas.
  • Restricting development in high value landscape, environmental and culturally sensitive areas.
  • Requiring the decommissioning and rehabilitation of renewable energy sites.
  • Allowing the Environment Protection Authority to ‘direct’ conditions on windfarms.
  • Ensuring that new developments are publicly notified.

What does the Code focus on?

  • Updated policies for solar farms, battery storage and pumped hydro facilities to ensure they are contemporary and respond to this rapidly evolving industry.
  • Updated policies for wind farms in recognition of their increasing scale, including new setback requirements from non-involved landowners, sensitive rural living areas and townships.
  • Facilitation of co-locating supporting infrastructure such as battery storage and substations.
  • Measures to reduce fauna and flora impacts.
  • A new ‘restricted’ class of development in areas of landscape and environmental value, with appeal rights for third parties.

Want to know more?

The State Planning Commission released a discussion paper on Proposed Changes to Renewable Energy Policies in the Planning and Design Code in July 2019.

For further details on renewable energy planning policies, see the following draft zones in the Planning and Design Code:

  • Coastal Waters and Offshore Islands Zone
  • Peri-Urban Zone
  • Rural Horticulture Zone
  • Rural Intensive Enterprise Zone
  • Rural Viticulture Zone
  • Rural Zone Remote Areas Zone

For policy on renewable energy see the following general policy topics:

  • Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Facilities
  • Design in Rural Areas

For further information on the Code, you can visit the SA Planning Portal at:

Source: SA State Planning Commission


First blade arrives at Granville Harbour Wind Farm

2 October

The first wind turbine blade arrived at the Granville Harbour Wind Farm site near Zeehan around 9:30am this morning.

The oversize load departed Burnie at 3am and travelled 193km to the wind farm site accompanied by Department of State Growth escort vehicles to manage traffic along the route and ensure the safety of all road users.

Granville Harbour Wind Farm Project Director Lyndon Frearson said the 62-metre long wind turbine blade is probably the largest load ever transported along these roads to Tasmania’s West Coast.

“The long blades allow more wind to be captured by the turbine – meaning higher amounts of clean energy can be generated – but it also creates a high level of complexity in managing the transportation.”

“We’re really pleased with how today’s blade delivery went – it demonstrates that the turbine blades can be safely transported to the wind farm site and we now have the confidence to start to increase the number of loads over the coming weeks.”

“We’re aiming to minimise the impact to commuters where possible, but some delays are to be expected and we ask for your patience at these times.”

It is expected to take around six months to complete deliveries for the 372 oversize components needed to construct the wind farm’s 31 turbines.

Deliveries will take place from Monday to Saturday, six days of the week, with around four trucks travelling to site most days. No deliveries will occur on Sundays or Public Holidays.

Further information including the route map and latest delivery schedule is available on the Granville Harbour Wind Farm website:


EPA consultation process reveals overwhelming support for withdrawn pollution policy

3 October

Consultation on the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) paused carbon pollution policy has revealed overwhelming support for the policy to be reinstated and strengthened, according to submissions published on the EPA website yesterday. 

The EPA policy, released earlier this year proposed new rules requiring WA’s biggest polluters offset emissions through projects such as tree planting, carbon farming and renewable energy. A campaign by WA’s biggest polluters in the LNG industry spearheaded by Woodside and the West Australian led to the EPA withdrawing the guideline subject to further consultation. 

Submissions received by the EPA have now been published on the EPA website, reveal overwhelming support from the community, scientists, business and the general public for the policy to be reinstated and strengthened.

Over 6,500 submissions were received by the EPA, many from expert scientists, industry groups and other organisations concerned about the impacts of climate change and the rapidly rising and uncontrolled pollution from WA’s LNG industry. 

Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) Director Piers Verstegen said the submissions process had revealed that the campaign by WA’s biggest polluters did not have the backing of the community, who were overwhelmingly supportive of the EPA’s proposed guideline. 

“Very few submissions received by the EPA support the self-serving efforts of WA’s big polluters to block action on climate change and avoid their responsibility to clean up their act. 

“Predictably, WA’s biggest polluters in the LNG industry have argued that other sectors of the community and business should bear the cost of their rapidly rising pollution, but the consultation shows that Western Australians are not having a bar of it. 

“Action to offset carbon pollution from WA’s biggest polluters as proposed by the EPA would cost a fraction of their record profits yet would deliver over 4,000 new jobs for Western Australians in industries such as tree planting, carbon farming, renewable energy and clean technology. 

“Many submissions received by the EPA from business leaders, scientists, experts and community groups called for even stronger action, including the refusal of any new fossil fuel projects on the grounds that such developments pose an unacceptable threat to the climate and the WA environment. 

“Clearly there is overwhelming support across the community for sensible action on climate change as proposed by the EPA, which would unlock thousands of new jobs in clean sustainable industries of the future. 

“When it comes to policy on climate change and carbon pollution, we call on the EPA to listen to the thousands of community submissions and input from experts, scientists and community groups supporting action on climate change – not the blockers and rent-seekers in WA’s most polluting industries.”

Source: Conservation Council of WA



Cleanaway launches plan for energy-from-waste project in Western Sydney

3 October

Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (ASX: CWY), today announces plans to develop an energy from waste project in Western Sydney.

The project will utilise leading European technology that will convert waste from households and local businesses into electricity for as many as 65,000 Western Sydney homes. The proposal targets red bin waste that cannot be recycled and would have the capacity to cut Western Sydney’s annual landfill volumes by 500,000 tonnes – almost a third of the red bin waste generated per year in the local area.

Cleanaway has entered into a joint venture with Macquarie Capital’s Green Investment Group to develop the energy from waste project. Cleanaway and Macquarie Capital are co-investing and co-developing the project which will ultimately be operated by Cleanaway.

Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is underway which will contain information about the project proposal including environmental assessments. It will be released for public consultation early next year.

Cleanaway CEO Vik Bansal said: “This project will be another milestone for our Footprint 2025 strategy, the development of prized waste infrastructure assets for the optimisation of value across the whole waste value chain - from collections to resource recovery and disposal.

“Energy from waste - as a supplement to waste avoidance, reuse and recycling – deals with our waste in a more sustainable way. With the technology that is available today, there is an opportunity for Western Sydney to become a leader in smart waste management.

“We are committed to a comprehensive approvals and consultation process that will, if successful, pave the way for a facility using world leading high combustion technology to safely create energy from waste – without generating harmful emissions.

“The proposal will be assessed considering the triple bottom line – making sure it creates social, environmental and economic benefits. We won’t spare any effort to ensure the design is leading edge in terms of environmental controls and safe for the community.

The project team will be talking with the community next. “Critically, we want to bring the community with us. Cleanaway works with communities across Australia and that is a commitment we take very seriously.”

Source: Cleanaway



Happy Valley Solar Project

SA Water is seeking state government approvals for a solar photovoltaic array (exceeding 5MW) with battery storage at Happy Valley Reservoir Reserve and Water Treatment Plant in O'Halloran Hill, south of Adelaide in South Australia. The proposed development has adopted a unique low-profile solar design type (5B) that allows for an overall visual profile which is significantly less conspicuous by comparison to more typical solar design types such as Single Access Tracking (SAT), which have been utilised elsewhere as part of SA Water’s  Zero Cost Energy Future project. The selection of a unique solar PV design was made in recognition of the need to maintain existing levels of visual amenity in the locality and was further based upon feedback from the surrounding residents as part of the SA Water led Stakeholder Engagement process.

The installation of a solar power generation and energy storage facility (with associated equipment), utilising the low-profile 5B design system, involves the below components;

  • Approximately 37,895 individual solar PV cells, each measuring approximately 1960mm long x 991mm wide and 40mm in base;
  • Associated low-profile 5B concertina framework for the solar panels (indicative framework design illustrated in Figure 14).
  • Approximately four (4) inverter stations, installed within appropriate weather proofing. Each with approximate dimensions: 2812mm high x 2438mm wide x 5855mm long
  • Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) equipment, to be installed near to the point of connection at the Happy Valley Water Filtration Plant (WFP) (model specifications and location to be confirmed within Detail Designs);
  • Removal of existing Aleppo Pines (Pinus halepensis) from proposed solar PV area.
  • Associated groundworks and levelling, including the provision of a lay-down area for construction;
  • Electrical cabling, installed via underground trenching. Note: 5B solar design significantly reduces need for trenching of electrical cables within the solar PV array footprint;
  • Surface upgrades to existing access tracks to ensure all-weather accessibility;
  • Upgrades to existing security fencing (where required); and
  • Establishment of proposed landscaping buffer to the north and west of the proposed solar PV arrays.

In total, the proposal requires approximately 11.29 hectares of land for the installation of solar PV arrays and associated infrastructure on the subject land. The 5B design utilises an arrangement whereby individual solar PV modules are installed within groups of ‘panels’, where each panel measures 36.7m long x 5.5m wide. The proposed layout allows for the installation of 412 panels.

Source: SA Water


Batchelor and Manton Dam Solar Farm – acquisition completion

3 October

Tetris Energy is pleased to announce that it has reached financial close with Eni Australia Limited to acquire the two construction-ready solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at Batchelor  and Manton Dam, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Once completed, expected in the third quarter of 2020, the projects will comprise the installation of 2 x 12.5 MWp (megawatt peak) of single axis tracking solar PV and will be constructed by BSR EPC Pty Limited.

This acquisition follows the announcement earlier in the year that Tetris Energy had signed two Power Purchase Agreements with Jacana Energy to purchase the output from the two new solar farms at Batchelor and Manton Dam.

Frank Boland, Director comments “Tetris Energy is pleased to reach this exciting milestone for their first renewable energy project in the Northern Territory and contribute to the Northern Territory’s government goal to procure 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Tetris Energy looks forward to continuing to develop their growing pipeline of renewable energy projects across Australia.”

Batchelor and Manton Dam Solar Farms were developed by Tetris Energy, an Australian renewable energy developer in collaboration with Infigen Energy.

Source: Tetris Energy


Eni widens its Australian renewable energy portfolio with new photovoltaic projects

3 October

Eni Australia Limited has completed the acquisition of two construction-ready solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at Batchelor and Manton Dam, in the Northern Territory of Australia, from NT Solar Investments Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia’s Tetris Energy.

The projects will comprise the installation of 2x 12.5 MWp (Mega Watt peak) of ground-mounted PV panels and will be completed by the third quarter of 2020.

The installation of innovative cloud coverage predicting technology will ensure optimum operational performance in all weather conditions. This technology will forecast possible variations in solar irradiation so as to minimize the impact to the grid. State-owned Jacana Energy will purchase 100% of the new plants’ output, which will supply clean energy to over 5,000 homes each year.

The new projects will create local jobs and opportunities for Territorians and will contribute to the Northern Territory’s government goal for providing 50% of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030.

This initiative, together with the previously announced 33.7 MWp Katherine solar farm (currently under construction), increases Eni’s renewable energy investment into the Australian market and complements the company’s existing assets in the region’s. Eni’s commitment for the development of renewable energy projects integrates the traditional business and is a key element of the company’s pledge for energy transition towards a low carbon-emissions scenario.

The development of these photovoltaic projects is in line with Eni’s strategy, that concretely supports a just energy transition with the objective of preserving the planet and promoting an efficient and sustainable access to energy for all.

Eni has been present in Australia through its subsidiary Eni Australia Ltd since 2000. It is the operator and 100% owner of the Blacktip Gas Project and has a non-operated interest in the Bayu-Undan gas and condensate field and in the associated Darwin LNG plant.

Source: Eni


Schooners of sunshine – world’s first industry-scale aggregated PPA

4 October

Lion has today announced it will be an anchor partner in an aggregated Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the AHA NSW, allowing hotels in the state to bypass expensive retail energy prices and secure their electricity needs at lower prices.

The deal between Lion, the AHA NSW and ENGIE will establish the world’s first industry-scale aggregated PPA.

Lion’s Managing Director James Brindley said he was pleased that Lion could be a cornerstone of the deal based on the brewer’s energy requirements in NSW.

“We are pooling our energy needs in the state, which includes our largest brewery Tooheys, together with the needs of participating NSW hotels. In 2020, this will see a typical hotel’s energy price drop from 11.5c/KWh to 6.9c/KWh – a 40 per cent saving, equating to around $18,000 a year,” Mr Brindley said.

“Our customers are at the heart of this project, and Lion is focused on helping hotels right across NSW thrive. Like all businesses, pubs are feeling the pinch of rising energy costs.

“The PPA will see Lion’s carbon emissions in the state reduced by 40 per cent.”

AHA NSW and National President Scott Leach welcomed Lion on board as an anchor partner to the PPA.

“This is a ground-breaking arrangement which will help break the back of high electricity prices paid by our members and is a significant first step in moving the NSW hotel industry to renewable energy,” Mr Leach said.

“Lion’s participation in the world’s first industry-scale aggregated PPA demonstrates vision by Managing Director James Brindley – it is about working collaboratively with the broader industry to solve major problems such as energy supply. We welcome the support of Lion – one of our valued partners.”

ENGIE’s retail arm Simply Energy is offering to supply eligible hospitality and accommodation businesses in NSW and the ACT with electricity for 10 years from 1 January 2020 using an industry-scale aggregation model. The deal was secured by the AHA’s joint venture partner, Clean Energy Strategies, who ran a tender process with more than 50 developers of new solar and wind farms.

The Lion partnership will help underwrite the construction of ENGIE’s Silverleaf Solar Farm in Narrabri in regional NSW.

Source: Lion Breweries

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