September 4 (Renewables Now) - At the end of August, with the approval of a 148.5-MW wind farm in Tasmania, Australia reached the 6,400 MW of capacity needed to meet its Renewable Energy Target (RET) for 2020.
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) said today it has authorised enough capacity to guarantee that the large-scale RET of 33,000 GWh will be fulfilled in 2020. Back in 2016, CER said reaching the target would require 6,000 MW of green power capacity, but it later revised the estimate to 6,400 MW due to a higher proportion of solar projects in the pipeline.
CER chair David Parker said the Cattle Hill Wind Farm, built by Goldwind Australia and partners, pushed Australia over the 6,400 MW of renewable energy capacity. It is one of four wind and solar parks with a combined capacity of 406 MW authorised under the RET in August.
The total capacity accredited under the RET surpassed 6,800 MW last month. CER’s update also shows 4,850 MW of committed projects and 1,556 MW of probable capacity in Australia.