Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage

Qld renewables tender swamped by 115 projects, 6,000MW of storage

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Queensland renewables and storage tender attracts proposals amounting to 9,000MW of wind, solar and biomass, and 6000MW of storage.

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The Queensland state government says it has received 115 proposal from 79 businesses from its “Renewables 400” program that seeks at least 400MW of large scale renewable project including 100MW of energy storage.

The tender closed on September 25, but the numbers were only released in state parliament by energy minister Mark Bailey on Wednesday.

The 115 proposals account for a total of 9000MW of renewable projects, more than 20 times the capacity sought, and 6000MW of energy storage, including battery storage and several proposals for solar thermal projects of the type built at Crescent Dunes in Nevada and to be built in Port Augusta.

SolarReserve, the company which built Crescent Dunes and won the contract for Port Augusta, has said that it is looking at opportunities in Queensland. Solar PV companies are also putting forward battery storage proposals, while the likes of Genex are likely to have proposed a mix of solar and pumped hydro.

“We’ve received strong interest from local and overseas companies and it’s clear that investors are excited about the renewable energy boom happening in the Queensland and what we have to offer,” Mr Bailey said.

“Renewable energy and storage technology will play an important role in the transition to a lower carbon energy future and we are doing everything we can to ensure the benefits of this new investment flow into the Queensland economy.

The tender is a key plank in its policy to reach 50 per cent renewable energy policy, a target that is well on its way with more than 20 large scale renewable energy projects accounting for more than 2000MW under construction.

This is seen to be the second leg of that program, providing incentives for wind energy and for solar farms accompanied by some form of storage, be it battery storage, pumped hydro, solar thermal or some other.

The solar projects needed to be accompanied by storage equivalent to one fifth of their average daily output. The levels of storage has surprised some in the industry given the enormous amount of back-up capacity already built into the Queensland grid to support its baseload plants and to meet peak demand.

“The proposals received include renewable energy projects from a wide range of technologies and energy storage projects either stand alone or integrated with a renewable energy project,” Bailey said in a statement.

Bailey noted that the 9,000MW offered in the tender was greater than the current 8,200 MW capacity of its coal-fired power station fleet “and is further proof that Queensland does not need a new coal-fired power station being trumpted by the LNP.”

“The clean energy mix of the EOI is around 2200 MW of wind energy, more than 6400 MW of solar and around 500MW of other renewable energy technologies such as biomass.

“There is some real innovation in these proposals, as we have had interest from stand-alone projects as well as those integrated with renewable energy projects,” he said.

“The integration of storage with renewables is the future and particularly important to enable renewable energy to be dispatched in the market when it is required.

“In addition, we have received proposals from across the energy storage technology spectrum – battery storage is certainly prominent but we have also got broader interest, including technologies that have yet to be deployed in the Australian market.

“In addition to supporting the deployment of renewable energy, storage technologies can provide a range of services that will help to enhance the security and reliability of Queensland’s electricity network.

“So by encouraging investment in Queensland, we’re also supporting diversity in renewable generation supply and our future energy security.”

Until the election of the Labor government, Queensland had no large scale wind or solar projects. One project is already on line, and another 20 in construction or about to begin construction. Several are almost complete.

Shortlisted projects will be invited to participate to the next and final stage of the auction process expected to start in November 2017 – presuming the state government does not go to the polls first.



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  1. DJR96 3 years ago

    We really don’t need to be setting targets to achieve this. Renewables will get there ahead of time anyway.
    The RET should be renamed “Renewable Energy Transition”. Would be a more accurate title for what it is.

    • riley222 3 years ago

      The only target needed is to have a government that will encourage renewables. That is the biggie.
      The response to the queensland government tender says it all.

      • neroden 3 years ago

        Less than that even.

        A government which does NOT encourage fossil-burning, and which does NOT put roadblocks in the way of renewables, would be sufficient.

  2. RobertO 3 years ago

    Just for the sake of the argument if all these projects went ahead how many people whould be employed in construction, and how many permanent jobs. My friemd Matt Canavan told 7 news that the Galee Basin coal project was 17,000 jobs, but on the ABC “Jobs for the Future ” Mining was one that going out the door. Adani said in EPA court that 1456 FTE but at the same time Adani website says “Automation from the mine to the port”!
    QLD will get the 400 MW but more will be built because QLD coal are gaming the system acording to Matt Canavan (on the weekend and they were doing it again this morning
    12/10/2017 11:10

  3. Ricky Lee 3 years ago

    Giles, How can you quote storage in MW? That is a unit of power. For storage you need energy. This is a tech site!

    • Giles 3 years ago

      No kidding. But that was the figure given by Queensland. They seeking 100MW, didn’t yet give what they want in MWh – that will depend on technology they choose, and its purpose. First things first. We don’t make up numbers.

      • Ren Stimpy 3 years ago

        Giles you have hit so many of those same type of questions into the bleachers, I imagine by now you point to the stands like Babe Ruth did before stepping up to the plate

        • Tom 3 years ago

          Giles had to explain this to me too once. The more people that read this blog, the more people he needs to explain the non-intuitive thinking of the AEMO to. That’s ok – each time he does it there is at least one more person who learns a little bit more about how the system works.

          • Ian 3 years ago

            If you cast a lure don’t be surprised if you catch a 🐟.

      • Richie 3 years ago

        All you have to do is include the words “No MWh figure quoted yet” to avoid these legitimate but annoying comments.

  4. Joe 3 years ago

    Please don’t tell me that ‘Adani Renewables’ are one of the tenderers.

    • Mike Westerman 3 years ago

      I would be very surprised if they weren’t with the next phase of Rugby Run.

  5. bedlambay 3 years ago

    With 2500 people now employed in NQ in renewables construction, this is a lot better than prissy Pyne’s spruiking SA defence employment today which is still YEARS away.

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