Sun Brilliance Cunderdin Solar Farm signs access agreements with Western Power

1 December

Sun Brilliance Power Pty Ltd is pleased to announce that it has now signed access arrangements with Western Power to allow us to deliver renewable energy from our solar farm to be built in Cunderdin.

The Sun Brilliance Cunderdin Solar Farm project will be built in 2 phases, with an initial construction of single-axis tracking array with a capacity of 85 MWdc, with phase 2 adding a further 43 MWdc to a total of 128 MWdc.

Sun Brilliance Power has signed two contracts with Western Power - an interconnecting works (IWC) contract which allows the solar farm to connect to the Western Power grid, and a second agreement - an electricity transfer access contract (ETAC) - that allows the solar farm to send solar-sourced electricity into the electricity network.

Sun Brilliance would like to acknowledge the hard work and support of Western Power to facilitate this process to reach a successful conclusion.

Sun Brilliance is expecting construction to commence in Q1 2018 and operational by the end of Q3. When completed, the $150mn Cunderdin Solar Farm will be the largest solar power plant in Western Australia.

Bringing new jobs and new investment in the regions, this announcement is great news for Western Australia, as well as an important milestone for Sun Brilliance on its ambitious journey to become one of Australia’s leading energy developers.

Source: Sun Brilliance

 

Admission to official list

4 December

New Energy Solar Limited and New Energy Solar Fund were admitted to the Official List of ASX Limited today, Monday 4 December 2017.

Official quotation of the following securities will commence at 12.00pm AEDT today, Monday 4 December 2017, on a conditional and deferred settlement basis.

Source: ASX

 

Genex achieves first revenue for Kidston Solar Stage 1

4 December

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to announce that, following successful transformer energisation of the Kidston Solar Stage 1 Project (KS1 or Project) (refer ASX announcement 24 November 2017), Genex has now generated its first revenue from KS1.

Electricity produced from the Project is now being transmitted into the National Electricity Market (NEM). As commissioning for the Project is completed over the coming months, electricity generation will be ramped-up until full capacity has been reached, at which point the 20-year Revenue Support Deed with the Queensland State Government will be initiated (refer ASX announcement 22 December 2016).

Commenting on today’s milestone of first revenue generation, Genex’s Managing Director Michael Addison stated:

“The Project has now transitioned from being technically operational to commercially active. This ground-breaking milestone marks the first earnings for the Project and for Genex as a company.

This transition from a development company to generating operational cash flows will serve to strengthen our financial position as we seek to reach financial close for our Kidston Stage Two Projects in 2018.”

The Federal Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has provided $8.9 million in funding to support the construction of KS1, in addition to providing up to $9 million in funding to support the development of the Kidston Stage Two Projects.

The Queensland State Government has continued to support the development of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, providing a 20-year revenue support deed for KS1 through the Solar 150 Program, and designating the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub as ‘Critical Infrastructure’ to the State.

Source: Genex Power

 

Bombora Wave Power Albany Project – Q&A

  1. Albany has now been added to the Bombora Wave Power mWaveTM project pipeline. What is the predicted timeline for the installation of this project in Albany?

The Carnegie program is roughly 2.5 years and at that stage the ‘common user facility’ becomes available for other users, including Bombora.

  1. Testing of the mWaveTM is due to start in Europe. Will the success of this determine how the Albany project is rolled out?

Yes, Albany is one of a number of sites we have in our mid-term pipeline for our commercial rollout.

  1. What makes Albany ideal for wave energy? The wave climate?

The Albany site is ideal as it has a consistent and high wave energy resource. Wave energy compliments wind and solar renewable options in providing consistent power to the grid.

As an emerging industry it is important to have good government and local support, which Albany clearly has.

The other major driver for location is the commerciality of each project. This is dependent on numerous factors which are yet to be determined at Albany. We are optimistic that these will be clarified in time for the commercial roll out of a wave farm in Albany.

  1. How will the project work? Carnegie will finish installing the common user wave energy infrastructure and then Bombora will be able to use the infrastructure?

Carnegie will install the ‘common user facility’ and then install and test their CETO 6 device for 12 months. At the conclusion of Carnegie’s testing program the ‘common user facility’ will be made available to other users.

  1. How many mWaveTM’s will Bombora deploy? How will Bombora work alongside Carnegie?

Bombora plan to install a small scale commercial array of 1.5MW mWaveTM’s at Albany. This could be anywhere between one and ten mWaveTM’s.

Carnegie has indicated they would also like to install a small commercial array in Albany.

The site can accommodate both Bombora and Carnegie arrays.

  1. How has Bombora cooperated on the wave energy project with Carnegie?

Carnegie and Bombora have agreed to share the data gathered from the test site, which will include wave energy resource patterns, geological surveys and environmental studies. This cooperation has been set up to ensure a smooth transition to the installation of a Bombora mWaveTM at the ‘common user facility’.

  1. How much power can the mWaveTM generate?

Each mWaveTM can generate up to 1.5MegaWatts of electricity so a wave ‘farm’, of say 40 mWave’sTM on an average day would generate enough power to supply 14,000 homes – so a city the size of Albany.

On a rougher day, the wave farm could supply power for 85,000 homes – 10% of Western Australia’s domestic needs. The mWaveTM is designed to produce electricity for the mass market and is complimentary to solar and wind to power your home.

  1. What is Bombora’s long term plan for Albany wave energy? How much energy do you hope to create?

Bombora would like to be part of Albany’s vision of becoming a fully renewable energy city. A Bombora wave farm, providing clean energy to the city of Albany and the creation of local employment in the installation, operation and maintenance of the wave farm is part of our vision.

  1. How does the mWaveTM differ from Carnegie’s proposed wave energy units?

They harness the power from waves differently.

Carnegie's CETO 6 is a large buoy just beneath the surface of the wave. The buoy is tethered to the sea floor and uses the surge and heave motion of the wave to drive a generator.

Bombora’s mWaveTM rests on the seafloor like a submerged reef and is covered with large flexible membranes. As waves pass over the mWaveTM the height of water above the device changes resulting in an increased pressure on the membranes. This pressure squeezes the air out of the membranes to drive an air turbine.

  1. What makes wave energy more viable than other renewables?

Wave energy has huge potential. Waves are very powerful and occur at all times of the day and night.

The industry is currently in its early stages and consequently the energy costs are high compared to other renewables. As the technology matures in the coming years the costs will drop significantly and wave farms will become a normal part of the renewable economy.

Source: Bombora Wave Power

 

Adelaide Brighton strengthens energy supply portfolio

Adelaide Brighton Ltd (ASX:ABC) advises further strengthening of its energy supply portfolio with the signing of new gas and electricity contracts in South Australia.

Adelaide Brighton has entered into an agreement with Beach Energy Limited (ASX: BPT, “Beach”) for the supply of gas to its South Australian operations.

Adelaide Brighton has also entered into an agreement with Infigen Energy Limited (ASX: IFN) for the supply of its electricity requirements to the Birkenhead and Angaston cement manufacturing plants and Klein Point Quarry on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

The supply agreements allow Adelaide Brighton to continue its focus on energy efficient and sustainable operations in South Australia. Adelaide Brighton has a proactive strategy designed to manage energy costs and operating risks through measures that include:

- A portfolio approach to energy supply and procurement benefits;

- Consumption management and operational efficiency;

- The aim of obtaining 30% of energy supply from alternative fuels in the medium term;

- Use of alternative cementitious materials in place of more energy intensive products;

- Cost recovery through vertical integration and long term customer relationships; and

- Financial strategies, where they add value for shareholders.

Adelaide Brighton CEO and Managing Director, Martin Brydon, said “The new agreements with Beach and Infigen provide our South Australian operations continued certainty of energy supply at competitive prices and underpin our leading position in this important market”.

Source: Adelaide Brighton

Editor’s note: Infigen Energy understood to be providing electricity to Adelaide Brighton Cement from its Lake Bonney Wind Farm

 

MOU for Solar PV project In New South Wales

- Decmil and Maoneng Australia enter into an exclusive MOU to design and construct a 250MW solar PV project in Balranald, NSW

- The ~$275 million EPC solar PV project is due to commence in March 2018 and will be one of the largest solar projects in NSW

Decmil Group Limited (ASX: DCG) (“Decmil” or “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with Maoneng Australia (“Maoneng”) for its 250MW Sunraysia Solar PV project located near Balranald in New South Wales.

The exclusive MOU will see Decmil and Maoneng work together on early engineering design and finalisation of an Engineer Procure Construct (“EPC”) contract valued at approximately ~$275 million.

Subject to agreement on commercial terms and the project successfully achieving financial close, the EPC contract will be awarded by the end of March 2018.

Expected to commence shortly after award, the project is set to be one of Australia’s largest utility scale Solar PV power plants and represents a significant expansion of Decmil’s presence in the renewable energy market as an EPC contractor.

Sunraysia will be one of the first solar farms in NSW to use batteries to store energy. This will provide greater energy reliability and allow the solar farm to produce electricity during periods of peak demand rather than only during sunlight hours.

Decmil Managing Director and Group CEO, Scott Criddle, commented:

“Decmil is looking forward to partnering with Maoneng on the Sunraysia project. Both organisations bring together complimentary skills to successfully deliver this project to the Australian renewable energy market.

Decmil has been building its capability in renewable energy in recent years, based on nearly 40 years of experience and expertise in regional engineering construction”.

The Sunraysia project is Maoneng’s second significant project in the Australian market, the first being the Mugga Lane Solar Park developed and built under the ACT Government’s Reverse Solar Auction.

Source: Decmil

 

Flyers Creek modifications approved

Modifications approved to Infigen Energy’s proposed Flyers Creek Wind Farm, approximately 20km south of Orange in NSW. The wind farm was approved by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission on 14 March 2014, allowing for Infigen to install 42 turbines up to 150 metres in height and build a range of associated infrastructure. The wind farm would generate around 130 MW, enough to power around 63,000 homes, and Infigen proposed to start construction in early to mid-2018. The wind farm covers an area of approximately 6000 hectares, and includes land from 19 different owners. Three owners that were treated as “associated” land owners in the original assessment of the merits of the wind farm have indicated they do not wish to be part of the wind farm. Infigen sought to modify the approval primarily to reflect this change. Approval was granted to remove 3 properties and associated residences from the project area and delete 4 turbines. Two turbines will be moved to reduce the visual impacts on impacted residences, and the approved 33 kV power line relocated to avoid these properties.

 

PROJECT BRIEFS

Airport Development Group seeking generation licences by the end of this year for a number of its PV projects, including:

- Ground-mounted PV arrays at Darwin International Airport with 45.5 MW capacity plus additional rooftop installations of 560 kW (with plans to expand rooftop capacity by 7 MW for total of 52.5 MW)

- Ground-mounted solar capacity of 10.235 MW, plus 650 kW on car park covers, at the Alice Springs Airport

- Proposed ground-mounted solar capacity of 5 MW within the Tennant Creek Airport lease, along with the existing rooftop installation of 6 kW on the terminal roof

Contact

Mike Little

Director of Operations

Airport Development Group

Tel: (08) 8920 1832

Email: Mike.Little@ntairports.com.au

 

ReNu Energy secures two further opportunities for 1.14 MW of solar PV projects

Highlights:

  • ReNu Energy has executed two term sheets, securing exclusivity on the acquisition of projects with a combined solar PV installed capacity of 1.14 MW DC, comprising:
  1. a portfolio of recently constructed projects located throughout the National Electricity Market with a total solar PV installed capacity of 340 kW DC, each having existing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in place, at a cost of approximately $580,000; and
  2. an 800 kW DC solar PV development project in western New South Wales, underpinned by a 25-year PPA for approximately 40% of generation capacity. It is anticipated that this project could be completed in the second half of 2018 at a cost of approximately $1.4 million.
  • Both term sheets remain subject to completion of detailed due diligence and financing.

ReNu Energy Limited (ASX: RNE) is pleased to announce the signing of two term sheets for the acquisition of solar PV projects totalling 1.14 MW.

The first non-binding term sheet relates to the acquisition of a portfolio of five solar PV projects, offered to ReNu Energy by VivoPower Pty Ltd under the VivoPower Alliance Agreement. The portfolio totals approximately 340 kW and includes several power purchase agreements with small to medium enterprises located throughout the National Electricity Market. ReNu Energy and VivoPower have agreed on a period of exclusivity to the end of February 2018 to allow ReNu Energy to complete due diligence and for the parties to finalise the detailed terms and conditions. ReNu Energy’s investment in the assets would be approximately $580,000.

The second non-binding term sheet is for the acquisition of an 800 kW solar PV project to be constructed on an agricultural property in the Riverina district of western New South Wales, underpinned by a 25 year PPA for approximately 40% of generation capacity. The term sheet provides ReNu Energy exclusivity to the end of February 2018 to complete due diligence, finalise and execute a project development agreement with the developer and to obtain finance.

Subject to satisfying several conditions, including connection and development approvals and project financing, it is anticipated that the project could be completed in the second half of 2018 at a cost of approximately $1.4 million.

Mr Steve McLean, ReNu Energy Chairman said, “We are delighted with the continued growth of our portfolio of renewable energy assets, through our alliance agreement with VivoPower, engagement with developers and our own project origination. Both opportunities announced today fit nicely within our business streams of behind the meter and grid connected projects, and promise to deliver stable, long term returns of greater than 12% (pre-tax) to our shareholders.”

Over the past 6 months ReNu Energy has built a strong pipeline of projects, with the first of four Solar PV embedded network projects set to commence production this month, settlement of the Amaroo facility expected within weeks and due diligence on the proposed 7.4 MW Boggabilla solar farm well underway.

“By February next year, we expect to be generating 3.7 MW of electricity for our customers from our portfolio of committed assets, and this will increase to 5.5 MW by June. If Boggabilla and these two new opportunities can be brought online as scheduled, we could be generating 14 MW by the end of 2018, with an ever-expanding list of opportunities in the business development pipeline.

I am really pleased with the progress we have made in building our portfolio. We are well positioned to achieve positive EBITDA in 2018, and we look forward to converting these agreements next year.” Mr McLean said.

Source: ReNu Energy

 

First tower goes up at Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm

6 December

The first tower has gone up at ACCIONA’s Mt Gellibrand wind farm in Victoria, representing a major construction milestone for the project.

Comprising three base sections lifted by a 500-tonne crane and then bolted together, the 61-metre tower was erected on a single day by a team of skilled personnel with extensive expertise.

Over the next seven months, 44 steel towers in total will be installed at the site. After each one is erected a separate crew adds the 26-metre top section and the nacelle, which houses the gear box, drive train and generator.

The final steps involve attaching the hub to the nacelle, and then the three 60-metre blades to the hub. At their highest point the blades will reach almost 150 metres into the air.

Each blade weighs approximately 17.5 tonnes, while the four tower sections collectively tip the scales at 220 tonnes. Over the complete installation process, more than 18,000 tonnes of turbine infrastructure will be moved into place.

Over 150 people have been involved in construction at the site, including several local contractors. Around $10 million will be spent directly in the local area over the course of the project.

ACCIONA Energy Australia Managing Director Brett Wickham said: “Building a wind farm is a significant undertaking, and after so much preparation we’re pleased to see the towers going up. Our team is working hard, and our local subcontractors continue to contribute their valuable skills to this project – we couldn’t do it without them, and we thank the community for their ongoing support.”

Source: ACCIONA

 

NSW Planning Assessment Commission determination - Beryl Solar Farm

6 December

The Planning Assessment Commission has decided to grant consent to the State significant development application by First Solar Pty Ltd to construct and operate the Beryl Solar Farm. The decision follows the Commission’s public meeting at the Gulgong RSL on 21 November 2017.

The approved solar farm, to be located on agricultural land about 5 kilometres west of the mid western town of Gulgong, will have an installed capacity of about 74 megawatts of electricity.

In reaching its decision, the Commission considered carefully First Solar’s proposal, the concerns raised by the community, as well as the Department’s assessment report and recommendations. The Commission was persuaded by the depth of concern expressed by the community to investigate the extent and nature of potential visual and noise impacts of the proposal, in particular.

The Commission found need to impose consent conditions that require First Solar to appoint an independent auditor and commission an audit report within six months of the start of construction to ensure efforts to plant vegetation will be sufficient to provide appropriate visual screening in both the short and long term.

The Commission also found reason to impose consent conditions that require First Solar to implement a complaint handling and recording protocol for the life of the development, particularly in respect of the potential for unexpected noise impacts. Complaints, and First Solar’s response to those complaints, must be published publicly on First Solar’s website in the first instance and may be followed up by the Department of Planning and Environment if this becomes necessary.

Though addressing particular issues, these conditions have wider benefits and will assist in giving the local community confidence about the environmental performance of the whole development.

The Commission considered carefully the arguments for and against the location of solar infrastructure on land within the project site zoned R5 – Large-lot Residential. The Commission found that there were compelling strategic and policy reasons to delete solar infrastructure from the R5 land. These arguments relate to the planning instruments that apply to the land, the availability of R5 land and the community’s concern for the encroachment of solar infrastructure on residential land.

On balance, the Commission found that the renewable energy benefits of the proposal, excluding the R5 land, correspond to National and State renewable energy objectives, while also furthering the aims, objectives and matters to consider in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and relevant Environmental Planning Instruments including the Mid-Western Regional Local Environmental Plan 2012.

Source: NSW Government

 

ACCIONA supports Australian manufacturing as Mt Gellibrand transformer deliveries begin

7 December

- Imminent delivery of critical components for Mt Gellibrand wind farm

- $7 million contract for Victorian manufacturer Wilson Transformer Company

Acciona Energy is about to take delivery of critical components for its 132 MW under-construction wind farm at Mt Gellibrand in Victoria – supporting local manufacturing and helping sustain jobs.

Earlier this year, the company contracted Victorian-based Wilson Transformer Company to provide two main power transformers and 44 kiosk transformers under a $7 million deal.

Deliveries to the site will begin in the next few days following a 25-week manufacturing process. The two main transformers will arrive first, followed by a staggered delivery of the kiosks over the next few months. The transformers are vital links in connecting the wind farm’s turbines to the grid.

“Wilson Transformer Company has an excellent reputation as a Victorian manufacturer with high quality products,” said Brett Wickham, ACCIONA Energy’s Managing Director in Australia. “This was a tough competition with international companies very interested too, but Wilson Transformer Company delivered a great offer backed by strong local commitment”.

“We are firm believers in maximising our engagement with local industry wherever we can. Companies like Wilson Transformer Company show that increasing numbers of businesses see long-term sustainable growth opportunities in the renewable energy sector, and that should be encouraged as the industry expands.”

Ed Wilson, Wilson Transformer Company’s Managing Director, said: “We are very pleased to enhance our relationship with ACCIONA through this contract, and are proud of our growing role in the renewable sector. Local manufacturing such as this is vital for our economy, and we have a highly-skilled team that our customers can rely on to deliver reliable products that stand the test of time.”

The Mt Gellibrand wind farm is 25 km east of Colac and 17km west of Winchelsea. The $258 million project is bringing significant economic activity and benefits to the region, with over 100 construction jobs and approximately 10 ongoing full-time equivalent positions on site.

Established in 1933, Wilson Transformer Company is a leading specialist in the delivery of transformer solutions. From their manufacturing base in Australia, they deliver solutions to a wide variety of industries and customers around the world. These include electricity generators, transmission and distribution organisations, heavy and light industrial users, as well as mining, oil and gas businesses.

Source: ACCIONA

 

Government a shining light in solar deal

8 December

The NSW Government has signed a contract with Neoen Australia Pty Ltd to support construction of the Dubbo Solar Hub in the state’s Central West.

The project will generate enough clean energy to power around 10,000 homes a year, put downward pressure on electricity prices and further improve NSW’s energy security. It will also create new jobs.

Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin said the Government’s first move into large-scale renewable energy procurement will provide huge benefits for the community.

“The NSW Government is showing leadership by using our significant purchasing power to deliver more renewable energy in NSW,” Mr Harwin said.

“This deal will support jobs in regional NSW, boost our energy security and help the State Government meet our obligations under the Renewable Energy Target as a large energy user.

“This lays the foundation for more renewable energy procurement, which will deliver more power supply for the state and put more downward pressure on prices.”

The contract, which commences on 1 July 2019 and expires 31 December 2030, will meet 15.6 per cent of the Government’s obligations under the Renewable Energy Target.

The 24-megawatt solar hub will consist of farms in Narromine and South Keswick. The project is one of five in NSW to secure a share of $34.9 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) large-scale solar funding round last year.

“ARENA’s funding for projects like this one and others in Glen Innes, Griffith, Parkes and Manildra highlights the growing importance of the NSW solar industry’s role in ensuring we have secure, sustainable and affordable energy,” Minister Harwin said.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant welcomed the investment in the region.

“This project brings with it 175 jobs throughout the construction phase here in Dubbo, a fantastic boost for our local economy,” Mr Grant said.

NSW leads Australia in large-scale solar, with three of the country’s largest operating solar farms and a further seven under construction.

The largest solar project in the Southern Hemisphere is expected to commence construction at Balranald, in the state’s Riverina region early next year.

Source: NSW Government

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