The International Microgrid Association partner with IQPC Australia to deliver the first microgrid event in the Southern Hemisphere

The International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC) Australia have formed a key partnership with the International Microgrid Association (IMA) to deliver the first microgrid summit in the southern hemisphere, hosted in Perth, Western Australia.

This international summit comes at a pivotal moment for the energy industry in Australia and around the globe, with network decentralisation and subsequent grid transformation becoming an increasing priority. This is largely being driven by consumer demands and government policy for renewable, reliable and resilient energy sources.

This inevitable evolution of the energy market signals a need for utilities to adapt their business models to maintain pace with changing market behaviours. This includes strategic planning around asset optimisation, interoperability and network integration, as well as new explorations in battery storage and hydrogen.

Indeed, the Australian market is pioneering in microgrid development, with the state of Western Australia taking the lead with advancements and innovation in grid resilience as well as renewable energy.

Terry Mohn, Chair of the IMA, highlights this by stating, “We are thrilled to be championing the decentralised energy future and a new era of industry growth and see it as part of WA future-proofing beyond the mining, oil and gas industries”.

The digital capability to support grid optimisation and network interoperability is critical to the success of these new networks. The role of technology partners is therefore essential, whether it be Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS), connectors, inverters or greener energy solutions such as solar PV. 

Regional Managing Director of IQPC Australia, Noel McDermott believes the gravitas of these technology partnerships will play a key role in driving innovation; “With the pace of advancement in digitalisation, the need to bring together industry stakeholders and foster collaboration for microgrid development is indisputable”.

“IQPC Australia are delighted to be partnering with the IMA to deliver an event which is so pivotal to the Australian economy and global reduction of carbon dependence”, Mr McDermott shares.

The International Microgrid Event will bring together public and private sector thought leaders from around the globe such as the Western Australian Government, ATCO, Horizon Power, San Diego Gas & Electric USA, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Australian Hydrogen Council, Asian Development Bank, Australian Department of Defence, Lord Howe Island Board, Macquarie Capital, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and many more to discuss the future of the energy market and the exceptional progress occurring in the microgrid industry.

This event will be an opportunity to learn from leaders who are shaping the new energy future.

For more information head to - https://www.iqpc.com/events-international-microgrid

ABOUT IMA: The International Microgrid Association (IMA) is a world-first not-for-profit organisation, set up to accelerate the global development of the microgrid sector. Members include companies from all across the global microgrid value chain who are committed to leading change and rapidly progressing the clean energy future.

About IQPC: IQPC is a global business-to-business event company that has embraced the digital age. We are the leaders in online and offline summits, information, education, networking, and promotion for executives across an extensive range of industries and professions. We provide the most convenient way to gain access to thought leaders who can help you solve today's challenges.

 

TIME discount offer for AltEnergy subscribers

AltEnergy is pleased to advise we are an official event supporter of the International Microgrid Event (TIME). We understand the unique opportunities renewable energy-powered microgrids can play in Australia’s energy future, particularly in relation to decentralised, distributed energy. IQPC has kindly offered AltEnergy subscribers a 10% discount off the cost of attending TIME (see details below). Just use the code ALTEN10 when registering online at https://www.iqpc.com/events-international-microgrid, or email registration@iqpc.com.au to receive the discount.

 

Renewable energy projects creating opportunities to work locally

31 January

Construction at ACCIONA’s Mortlake South Wind Farm is well underway, with the last of the 35 turbine foundations poured this week, and blades and towers due to arrive onsite in the coming months.

With all this activity, the project has seen an increase in the number of workers engaged to build the project, and during peak construction phase there will be as many as 150 workers directly employed.

With ACCIONA and its subcontractors preferring to utilise local employees, the flow on effect for job seekers in the Mortlake and surrounding area has been obvious.

“Local people that previously had to leave the area to get work have now been able to secure employment locally on the project”, said Mortlake South Wind Farm Project Manager Andrew Tshaikiwsky.

“On this project, 92% – 93% of the workforce during civil construction have been local, coming from areas such as Purrumbete, Cobden and Warrnambool”.

“The project has provided an opportunity for people to work in construction locally, and not have to travel to Melbourne or further afield. This has also given people that are new to the construction industry a chance to get their foot in the door and learn skills that will pave the way for additional employment opportunities and a long-term career, following the finalisation of this project.”

Construction of wind turbines hasn’t been the only thing keeping employees busy on site. Since construction started in March 2019, the project has also achieved a number of key milestones, including;

- Construction of 18kms of the access track network, which connects the wind turbines and allows for vehicle and machinery access.

- Upgrading 9kms of public roads, including widening Chamallak Lane and Grinters Lane, sealing 2.3kms of Tapps Lane, upgrading the bridge on Tapps Lane crossing Stony Creek and improving the intersection of Terang-Mortlake Road and Tapps Lane.

- More than 100,000 hours have already been completed on the project.

The focus over the coming months will be to continue the electrical works. RJE Global started the Medium Voltage Reticulation works in January. These 33kV cables link the wind turbines to the onsite substation. Construction of the onsite substation on the corner of Tapps Lane and Chamallak Lane is well underway, with electrical works are expected to be complete in July 2020.

The project has also received the planning permit for the 220kV underground transmission line that connects the Mortlake South Wind Farm to the Terang Terminal Station. “Going underground shows ACCIONA’s commitment to community, and a great outcome for the local area,” said Mr Tshaikiwsky.

Construction activities will commence from Tapps Lane within the Mortlake South Wind Farm construction area in mid-February, with staged works progressing towards the Terang Terminal Station.

Whilst 2019 saw lots of activity at the project site, Mr Tshaikiwsky commented that “2020 is shaping up to be an exciting and productive year for the project. By the end of the year we will have a wind farm that will generate enough clean energy to power 115,000 houses. It’s certainly a project that I know I am proud of, and so too are all those who have worked directly and indirectly on it. Opportunities within the renewable energy industry are endless, and we are proud to have contributed to employment and economic growth for the local community.”

For more information about the employment opportunities that the Mortlake South Wind Farm has created, view this video - https://youtu.be/k-jRKOxtr38

Further information about ACCIONA’s Mortlake South wind farm can be found at

http://www.acciona.com.au/mortlake

Source: ACCIONA

 

PROJECT NEWS

Cattle Hill Wind Farm

The last of 48 Goldwind wind turbines has been erected at Cattle Hill Wind Farm in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. "It has been a massive effort by many in our organisation, our investment partner Powerchina Resources Ltd., consultants, owner’s engineer, our subcontractors, and suppliers on achieving this milestone. Despite significant challenges due to bushfires, weather, commissioning of new technologies, and general environmental constraints, the team persevered, seized the opportunities, and focused on getting the job done," said Leigh Walters, Project Director.

Wind turbine on-grid commissioning commenced in mid-January of this year and will continue to be carried out over the coming weeks. Once operational, Cattle Hill Wind Farm will produce enough clean energy to power approximately 63,500 Tasmanian homes.

Source: Goldwind

 

Financial derivatives market for renewable generation and grid scale storage

31 January

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $845,000 in funding to energy market advisory firm Renewable Energy Hub to help create new financial products and a new world-first trading marketplace platform for renewable energy.

The market for financial products that sits around the Australian electricity system is estimated to be worth $26 billion, almost $10 billion more than the actual wholesale electricity market itself. However, this financial market largely serves traditional generation and has not evolved to embrace renewable energy generation in Australia, which requires financial products tailored to a variety of technologies and scales.

Renewable Energy Hub will work with market participants to develop a suite of new hedge contracts that are suited to both variable renewable energy such as wind, solar as well as batteries and demand response, as well as catering to the changing needs of energy retailers and large customers. These contracts could provide revenue certainty to renewable energy projects, which will help secure financing.

A new online marketplace platform will support trading by providing data and tools to facilitate energy price discovery, evaluate trading options and minimise transaction costs.

Traditional hedge contracts allow electricity retailers to manage price risk associated with the electricity that they buy. Generators also rely on hedge contracts to manage the volatility of wholesale electricity prices, smooth revenue flows, and underpin financing for new projects.

Renewable Energy Hub’s project will help to develop new financial markets and a suite of new financial contracts that will meet the needs of today’s market that has increased levels of renewable generation.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said this project could unlock new revenue pathways for renewable energy and storage projects. Likewise, energy retailers and large energy users will benefit from access to standardised firm contracts for clean energy.

“While traditional generators have been able to reduce their risk from hedging contracts, these financial products and this market has not been available to solar and wind farms, batteries or pumped hydro — because these financial products have usually been based on baseload electricity traded in flat 24 hour blocks, rather than hedging a few hours at a time or at peak generation times,” he said.

“These new financial products will create new opportunities for renewable energy developers to sell their energy, and the marketplace will provide real time visibility and the tools needed to support buyers and sellers,” he said.

“We hope that this project will help underpin new investment, and in turn put downward pressure on the price of new renewable energy and grid scale storage projects.”

Renewable Energy Hub Manager of Environmental Markets Chris Halliwell said: “This new marketplace will facilitate trade in hedge contracts that reflect the ‘shape’ of renewable generation.”

“By doing this we will be enabling new portfolios of wind and solar projects, batteries and other dispatchable generators to lock in revenues, and for energy retailers to manage prices during peak periods of the day.”

Source: ARENA

 

Clean Energy Investment Group statement

This is the central message of the Clean Energy Investor Group to Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) in its submissions on the transmission loss factor rule change - uncertainty and volatility will lead to a reduction in investment and an increase in consumer power prices. To date that message is falling on deaf ears as AEMC’s draft ruling looks to preserve the rules of our ageing thermal system rather than think about new ones that will facilitate a cleaner cheaper energy future for Australia.

These recent survey numbers from Clean Energy Council are probably conservative when compared to Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)’s forecast at end of last year that 2020 would see 95% less renewable energy projects being built compared to 2019.

Whichever is correct, it is clear proof for regulators and energy ministers that what we have been warning of as investors is and will continue to happen. The inevitable next survey result will be about increase in wholesale and consumer energy prices. When it does the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and user groups such as Energy Users Association of Australia will need to explain why they ignored the warning signals along the way when supporting the current draft rule change determination.

Source: Clean Energy Investment Group

 

Storm damages electricity interconnector

3 February

Storm damage to transmission lines near the Heywood interconnector on the Victorian side of the border highlights the critical importance of the proposed SA-NSW interconnector.

The damage will leave South Australia disconnected from the eastern states for up to a fortnight.

At approximately 2:30pm on Friday the 31st of January, transmission towers in Victoria owned by AusNet Services were damaged in a storm, leading to loss of the Heywood interconnector between SA and Victoria. AusNet Services have indicated that the restoration of the towers may take a fortnight.

“Whilst AEMO has indicated there should be sufficient electricity in the system in the next fortnight, the loss of the Heywood interconnector has again exposed the lack of system strength that leaves South Australia vulnerable,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

AEMO has reconfigured the network to enable South Australia to assist with electricity supply to the Alcoa Aluminium Smelter in Portland in Victoria through the smaller MurrayLink interconnector. Without that support, the smelter may suffer irreparable harm.

With South Australia and Portland in Victoria islanded from the National Electricity Market, AEMO will direct generators at times to manage system security and ensure system strength.

AEMO has advised that there is sufficient power supply forecast for the week ahead in South Australia, and that they will continue to monitor conditions.

“South Australians know too well the damage that can be done to South Australia’s power system from storms because the former Labor Government allowed the electricity system’s security to erode.

“Until the second interconnector with NSW is delivered, South Australia will remain vulnerable to shocks to the system such as Friday’s storm.

“With the SA-NSW interconnector, we would not be in this current situation.

“The State Government is committed to turning around the mess that we inherited from Labor. That’s why the Government is accelerating the interconnector with early works funding to Electranet and Transgrid to get it built as soon as possible.

“Labor have opposed all the key actions needing to be taken to turn around this situation.

“Labor oppose the interconnector, have criticised the early works to accelerate it and have criticised the installation of the synchronous condensors that AEMO deem necessary for system strength.

“This current situation shows what a dangerous and irresponsible position Labor have adopted. Labor have not learnt from their mistakes.

“AEMO, who know from experience what it takes to keep the lights on in South Australia, have listed the SA-NSW Interconnector as a Priority 1 project in the national transmission plan, and deemed it a “no-regrets” measure.

“The SA-NSW Interconnector was recently approved by the Australian Energy Regulator.”

Source: SA Government

 

PROJECT NEWS

Culcairn Solar Farm

Neoen’s proposed 402.5 MW (DC) Culcairn Solar Farm has been placed on public exhibition by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment. The proposal is for a project of up to 1.1mil panels installed on single axis trackers, 67 to 75 containerised inverter/transformer units and 100 MW/200 MWh capacity lithium-ion batteries installed in approximately 50 containers. The solar farm will be connected to TransGrid’s 330kV Jindera to Wagga Wagga transmission line in close proximity to the 1351 hectare project site.

 

Wind turbine components shipped to Port Taranaki

3 February

Port Taranaki’s ability to receive, lift, and accommodate a wide range of cargo is being highlighted by the arrival of wind turbine componentry to the port.

Yesterday (Sunday, 2 February), a vessel carrying ninety-nine 54.9m blades for Mercury’s under-construction ~$450 million wind farm at Turitea, in the Manawatū, docked at Port Taranaki.

The blades, which have been transported to New Plymouth from the Port of Taranto, in Italy, are being moved by a specialised heavy haulage vehicle to the Eastern Reclamation area of the port. From mid-March and over a period of several months, heavy haulage vehicles will operate at night to transport the blades to Palmerston North. This will match the civil works progress on the Turitea wind farm site.

In mid-May, the first of several shipments carrying a total of ninety-three 64m blades, 31 towers, and nacelle turbine units (the cover that houses the electricity generation components) are scheduled to arrive at Port Taranaki for Tilt Renewables’ $277 million Waipipi wind farm.

The components will also be transferred to the Eastern Reclamation area and stored, before being trucked over a period of several months to the wind farm site, which is between Waverley and Patea.

“Both these projects are very exciting and challenging for Port Taranaki,” Port Taranaki head of commercial Ross Dingle said.

“The cargo is out of the ordinary for our port, but it’s great that our facilities, assets, skills and expertise have been recognised as being of a very high standard and a great fit for this cargo.”

The vessels dock at Blyde Wharf, which has heavy lift pads that can support the equipment. A combination of ship’s cranes and the port’s twin mobile harbour cranes lift components off the ships and onto the heavy haulage vehicles, which transport the components to the Eastern Reclamation.

“We have two hectares of land at the Eastern Reclamation, which is perfect for large project cargo storage, such as this,” Mr Dingle said.

Aside from Port Taranaki’s facilities and logistics capability, Mr Dingle said the port’s proximity to both Turitea and Waipipi had been an advantage in securing the shipments.

“The large, specialised vehicles that transport the blades and componentry need a relatively direct route which doesn’t have tight bends and winding roads, so the road south from here works well.

“Logistics for the delivery of the Waipipi farm components are still to be finalised, but the blades for the Turitea project will be transported at night to reduce the impact on traffic flows out of the port, through New Plymouth and on the state highways.”

Mr Dingle said the work aligned with New Zealand’s move towards a low-emissions environment, and demonstrated Port Taranaki had an important role to play in providing services and facilities to enable that shift.

“We are traditionally an oil and gas port, and believe gas still has an important part to play in the transition to a low-emissions environment. As a key transport and logistics provider and community asset for the Taranaki region, it is our responsibility to support companies and industry in the transition.”

Source: Port Taranaki

 

Canadian Solar and Lightsource BP sign 1.2 GW module supply agreement

5 February

Canadian Solar Inc. today announced that it has signed a multi-year module supply agreement with Lightsource BP to deliver 1.2 GW of high efficiency polycrystalline solar modules for projects in the US and Australia. Lightsource BP is a global market leader in the development, acquisition and long-term management of large-scale solar projects and smart energy solutions.

The projects will be using Canadian Solar's polycrystalline bifacial high power BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) and high power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules. Canadian Solar is a worldwide leader in solar cell and module technologies. Bifacial modules generate power from both the front and the rear sides of the module, which increases the power output compared to conventional monofacial modules. The very high output of the BiHiKu bifacial modules will maximize the power generation in a limited area of plant site, while dramatically reducing the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of the power plant.

"We are pleased to be working with Canadian Solar to deliver our global pipeline. They are a bankable and industry proven partner for our projects. Our centralized procurement team selected these modules for their high efficiency performance and we look forward to seeing the satisfactory results in the field very soon," commented Kareen Boutonnat, Chief Operating Officer at Lightsource BP.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, "We are excited about the strong partnership with Lightsource BP that has contributed to the 1.2 GW of module sales commitments. As a solar technology leader, we are working continuously on innovation. I am proud to see that our high-power modules, based on the latest bifacial technology, have been selected for these projects in Australia and the US."

Source: Canadian Solar

 

City of Adelaide leads the way with 100 per cent renewable electricity contract

5 February

In a first for a South Australian council, the City of Adelaide’s operations will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity as part of a power purchase deal from 1 July 2020.

The City of Adelaide is partnering with Flow Power to meet its electricity needs from a mix of wind and solar power. This city leading project is a long-term commitment that will support South Australia’s energy transition and foster the growth of new renewable energy generation and jobs growth in our State.

Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, said that procuring 100 per cent renewable electricity was part of the City of Adelaide’s commitment to becoming a carbon neutral council and will reduce its emissions by approximately 50 per cent.

“The City of Adelaide is taking climate change seriously and this partnership demonstrates that we are taking real and meaningful action on climate change. We are leading the way in the transition to cost effective, clean and reliable energy,” said the Lord Mayor.

“From the 1 July 2020, if it’s run by the City of Adelaide, it’s being powered by renewable electricity – the agreement is a first for any council in South Australia.

“This means that all our corporate and community buildings, council event infrastructure, electric vehicle chargers, barbecues in the Park Lands, water pumps, street lighting and traffic lights – everything that council operates - will be powered by renewable electricity.

“The electricity to be provided by renewable generation each year is equivalent to powering over 3,800 homes. The switch will reduce emissions by over 11,000 tonnes or the equivalent of taking 3,500 cars off the road. Electricity cost savings are anticipated to be in the order of 20 per cent compared to the City of Adelaide’s most recent contract.

“This partnership will not only save our rate payers money; it helps cement Adelaide’s international clean and green reputation.”

The electricity in the contract will be delivered from Clements Gap wind farm in mid-north South Australia and new solar farms on the Eyre Peninsula and in the South East. The Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn Solar Farms, which Flow Power has acquired from Tetris Energy, are expected to help generate local employment opportunities in both construction and operational stages.

Flow Power Co-Founder and Director of Engineering and Projects, David Evans, said that the partnership with City of Adelaide would play an important role in driving investment in new renewable projects.

“This deal will provide crucial support to new solar projects in the state, creating jobs and helping to bring more renewables into the system.

“It’s evident that South Australia is a world leader in renewable energy. We have seen significant growth since opening our Adelaide office and are committed to driving the uptake of renewable energy in the state for the long-term.

“We view this as a long-term partnership, which will empower the city to fulfil its ambitious climate commitments and create opportunities to support the energy system.”

Frank Boland, Tetris Energy Director said, “Tetris Energy is pleased to reach this exciting milestone with Flow Power to acquire the Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn solar farms. Tetris is proud that these solar farms can enable the City of Adelaide to be completely powered by renewable electricity.”

Switching to renewable electricity is only one part of how the City of Adelaide is taking action to address climate change.

In 2019, new solar panels were installed in four additional locations, increasing the City of Adelaide’s total solar power capacity to over 1.1 megawatts and generating enough electricity to power 338 homes. Buildings such as the Adelaide Town Hall, works depots, car parks, Adelaide Central Market and Adelaide Aquatic Centre are being powered by on-site solar power, saving the City of Adelaide 12 per cent in building electricity use and over a quarter of a million dollars per annum.

The City of Adelaide also offers support and incentives for its ratepayers and property owners to become more sustainable. These include the Sustainability Incentives Scheme, the CitySwitch Green Office program and the Building Upgrade Finance program.

Source: City of Adelaide

 

We’re supporting the City of Adelaide on its journey to carbon neutrality

5 February

The City of Adelaide is now one step closer to its goal of becoming one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities.

In partnership with Flow Power, the City of Adelaide has committed to powering its operations with 100% renewable energy.

Through a Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA) with Flow Power, the Council will power all Council event infrastructure, electric vehicle chargers, barbecues in the Park Lands, water pumps, street lighting and traffic lights with renewables. That’s enough renewable energy to power 3,800 homes and will have the same impact on reducing emissions as taking 3,500 cars off the road.

The renewable energy will come from a mix of wind and solar farms that have been matched to how and when the Council uses power. Clements Gap Wind Farm in mid-north South Australia and two new projects, Coonalpyn Solar Farm and Streaky Bay Solar Farm, will power the City of Adelaide.

But this is only one step in the Council’s plan to reach carbon neutrality. In 2019, the Council installed 1.1 MW of onsite solar in four different locations across the city. The Council also installed 5,000 led streetlights across the city, implemented energy efficiency upgrades to buildings and invested in electric fleet vehicles charged on renewable energy.

Taking on renewables as part of a broader energy strategy, like the City of Adelaide, will help support Australia’s transition to a low carbon energy future and is key to integrating new renewable power into the system.

Since 2008, South Australia’s commitment to renewables has grown by 55%, making it Australia’s leading renewable state. This deal with City of Adelaide will support this renewable pipeline.

We’ve made a long-term commitment to helping drive the uptake of renewables in South Australia. From powering businesses like Pernod Ricard, Flinders Ports and now, City of Adelaide, to opening our Adelaide office and taking on new renewable projects in the area.

If you’re interested in reaching carbon neutrality with renewables, talk to one of our energy experts today.

Source: Flow Power

 

NEW PROJECT

Western Sydney Green Gas Project

Jemena Gas Networks (NSW) Limited (Jemena) submitted a State Significant Development application (SSD) to build and operate a trial Power to Gas (P2G) project to transform renewable electrical energy into a combustible gas (hydrogen), within Horsley Park, New South Wales. The proposal is referred to as the Western Sydney Green Gas Project (WSGG Project).

Jemena proposes to undertake the WSGG Project, a power to gas (P2G) facility to transform renewable electrical energy into a combustible gas, hydrogen, which is either injected at up to 2% by volume into the Sydney secondary gas distribution network, supplied to a microturbine to generate electricity for export back to the grid, or potentially supplied to an adjacent hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) for bus refuelling. The P2G process will involve producing hydrogen from water using electrolysis, with a byproduct from the electrolysis process being oxygen, which will be released directly into the atmosphere. Hydrogen is a renewable resource and is neither a hydrocarbon nor greenhouse gas. The electrolysis process will also produce wastewater as a by-product, with a mild salinity of approximately 500 ppm.

The WSGG Project has been designed for a production capacity 100 m³/h of hydrogen gas with a 500kW electrolyser, using purchased green electricity. The WSGG Project includes a gas fuelled generator (microturbine) that will initially be run on natural gas, then converted to use hydrogen as its fuel source in late 2020, demonstrating a completely renewable source of electricity production. The WSGG Project will be designed with provisions for future expansion to double its hydrogen production capacity should the proposed HRS proceed.

Source: Jemena Gas Networks

 

Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn Solar Farm – acquisition by Flow Power

6 February

Tetris Energy is pleased to announce that is has reached completion for Flow Power to acquire the 3MW Streaky Bay and 5MW Coonalpyn Solar Farms in South Australia. Construction of these projects has now commenced and is expected to be completed by mid-2020.

Once operational, the Streaky Bay Solar Farm will be the most western generator in the National Electricity Market and will boost the available generation in the western Eyre Peninsula. Located in the Coorong region, the 5MW Coonalpyn Farm is adjacent to the existing Coonalpyn 33kV substation.

Flow Power has secured a contract with The City of Adelaide to meet their electricity needs from both Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn. From 1 July 2020, the City of Adelaide will be completely powered by renewable electricity – a first for any council in South Australia.

Frank Boland, Director comments “Tetris Energy is pleased to reach this exciting milestone with Flow Power to acquire and start construction of the Streaky Bay and Coonalpyn solar farms. Tetris is proud that these solar farms can enable the City of Adelaide on being completely powered by renewable electricity”.

Matthew van der Linden, CEO of Flow Power, added: “As the first Flow Power owned assets, we looked for a trusted partner and projects that we could directly link to our customers. The City of Adelaide will be the first customer powered by generation from both projects, as well as wind, to create a firmer renewable offtake and support the integration of this new generation into the system.”

Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, said that “The City of Adelaide is taking real action on climate change. Being powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity will cut our carbon emissions by around 50 per cent, helping us achieve our goal of being a carbon neutral organisation by 2020. Twenty-five per cent of our power will be sourced from these two solar farms.

“Being constructed in the regional South Australia, they will generate local employment and economic growth in the Streaky Bay and Coorong District Council areas, while also contributing to a more sustainable future, for all Australians.”

These projects follow the successful development of the 5MW Mannum solar farm in 2019. Tetris Energy looks forward to expanding their South Australian renewable energy and social infrastructure portfolio in 2020.

Source: Tetris Energy

 

NEW PROJECT

Axedale Solar Farm

Location: Axedale, VIC

Capacity: 180 MW

Developers: UPC Renewables & AC Energy

Status: Nov 2019, planning documents on public exhibition

LGAs: City of Greater Bendigo and Campaspe Shire Council

Description: The Axedale Solar Farm and battery storage system is proposed on a 365 hectare non-irrigated, mostly cleared site used for sheep and cattle grazing and dry land cropping. The solar and energy storage project will create up to 300 jobs during construction and provide enough clean renewable energy to power 55,000 homes via the Victorian electricity grid.

Contact: Chris Weir

Tel: 1800 515 122

Email: info@axedalesolarfarm.com.au

Website: https://www.axedalesolarfarm.com.au/

 

Stockland strives towards net zero with $75M CEFC debt facility

6 February

Stockland is one step closer to achieving its 2030 target for net zero carbon emissions across its logistics centres, retirement living operations and corporate head offices, thanks to initiatives which will draw on finance from a $75 million senior debt facility from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

Stockland’s CEO and Managing Director, Mark Steinert said: “Improving the energy efficiency of our assets improves environmental outcomes, provides economic advantages for our business, and supports thriving, resilient communities.

Other initiatives will see Stockland:

- Accelerate the installation of 11MW of solar across its Logistics business, including 770KW of solar photovoltaics at the Yennora Intermodal Distribution Centre, which boasts 30 hectares of warehousing

- Develop a market-leading scheme to trade solar energy among Stockland assets, so excess energy generated at its industrial and logistics premises can support other Stockland Group businesses

- Support the adoption of solar and battery installation in residential properties

- Accelerate renewable energy and energy efficiency programs within retirement living centres.

“Australia has promising renewable energy potential and we are working towards a cost efficient and low carbon future in line with the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings commitment.

CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said: “We welcome this opportunity to work alongside Stockland as it develops higher standards in clean energy technologies, creating practical examples and guidance that can be used more broadly across the property sector.

“The large rooftops at logistics and industrial sites are ideal locations for solar photovoltaics and it’s exciting to see Stockland extending the benefits of renewable energy across this asset class.

“We are also pleased to support the further development of net zero carbon living options for retirees and families who directly benefit through measures that ultimately improve living environments while reducing energy consumption.”

This facility further diversifies the CEFC’s investment in the property sector and is another example of its focus on reducing emissions through its Sustainable Cities Investment Program, which supports projects and programs that contribute to the energy productivity of Australia's cities and regions.

Stockland is setting the Australian benchmark for renewables and energy efficiency, having reduced its carbon intensity by 57 per cent across its Commercial Property portfolio and saved over $106 million through energy efficiency improvements since FY06, including investing over $33 million in solar photovoltaics.

Stockland Group Executive and Chief Financial Officer, Tiernan O’Rourke said: “As an early adopter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, Stockland has comprehensive climate risk management and disclosure procedures, and we were the first Australian property company to lodge TCFD-aligned disclosures with the Australian Securities Exchange in February 2018.

“In 2019 we published our first integrated annual report, which details our sustainability credentials and approach to delivering shared value for investors, customers and communities.” 

Source: CEFC

 

Shell Australia to build its first large-scale solar farm in Queensland

7 February

Shell Australia today announced it will build and operate its first industrial-scale solar electricity farm near Wandoan in central Queensland, Australia. The solar farm will generate 120 megawatts of solar electricity from about 400,000 photovolatic (PV) panels and is expected to be completed in early 2021. The project will create up to 200 new jobs during construction.

This investment is the latest example of how Shell is building a cleaner, global power business and follows the company’s recent acquisition of leading industrial electricity retailer, ERM Power, and investment in solar developer, ESCO Pacific. Shell Energy Australia will be the foundation customer for the project, with an equivalent amount of electricity purchased from the national grid and sold to Shell’s QGC business, reducing their carbon footprint.

Queensland was selected as the location for the project due to its natural advantages for solar generation, having some of the most reliable sunshine in the world. The project is also located adjacent to existing power infrastructure and inside the footprint of Shell’s QGC onshore natural gas project that stretches across Queensland’s Western Downs region.

“We believe solar will play an increasing role in the global energy system, especially when partnered with a reliable energy source such as gas,” said Shell Australia chairman Tony Nunan.

“We are proud to be investing in the ‘Sunshine State’ and Queensland is a key centre of activity for Shell’s global ambition to expand our integrated power business. Shell’s Gangarri solar farm will help power the operations of our QGC project and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 300,000 tonnes a year.

“It continues our long-standing commitment to the regional development of Queensland and creating thriving, diverse local economies. This project will create local jobs in a range of skilled trades, including electricians, machinists and operators. We recognise the need to play an active role in creating the local talent, skills and opportunities that will be critical for regional Queensland to realise its potential as a renewable energy powerhouse.

“Shell is proud to support the development of local talent and opportunities for young people to acquire skilled trades through our Pathways programs, which creates local traineeships and apprenticeships, and our investment in science education programs in local schools, including in the Western Downs. Shell has invested over $58 million in regional Queensland over the last ten years supporting these and other social investment programs.”

“Solar is one of the building blocks of Shell’s power strategy,” said Greg Joiner, Vice-President for Shell Energy in Australia.

“We are increasingly incorporating renewable energy into customer offers, as we have done here for QGC, by combining renewable energy with a firmed energy solution offering reliable supply, a fixed price and a cleaner lower emission package.”

Source: Shell Australia

 

Windlab Limited – Kennedy Energy Park adjudication

7 February

Windlab Limited (ASX:WND) (‘Windlab’ or the ‘Company’) advises that an adjudication determination has been received relating to a disputed payment claim between Kennedy Energy Park Pty Ltd (“Kennedy”) and its EPC contractor (see Windlab’s announcement released on 12 November 2019) . Kennedy is a special purpose vehicle 50% owned by Windlab.

The determination was made under the Queensland Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 and determines that Kennedy must pay $949,740 in milestone payments previously withheld, $6,592,075 in variation claims and delay costs, plus GST. The adjudicator denied payment of $19,615,375 of the EPC contractor’s claims. The adjudicator has also reversed Kennedy’s previously invoiced delay liquidated damages and indemnity costs, which remain unpaid by the contractor. Such a determination is not a final determination of the parties’ rights but rather an interim payment decision and is currently under review for enforceability. If found to be enforceable, the determination will be the subject of future legal proceedings that will finally resolve the dispute between the parties, including Kennedy's entitlement to liquidated damages and indemnity costs.

Windlab is working with its 50% partner in Kennedy, Eurus Energy Holdings, and the project’s lender the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, to put bridging finance in place that will allow payment of the adjudicated amount, if required, and to allow the project to prosecute the substantive proceedings against the EPC contractor. As Kennedy is a non-recourse special purpose vehicle Windlab has no direct liability for the adjudicated amount and it is not expected that Windlab will advance further funds to Kennedy, nor that Windlab’s ownership interest will be diluted. Windlab will inform the market as details are finalised.

Source: Windlab

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