Queensland shortlists 10 in renewables-plus-storage tender

The Lilyvale solar plant in Queensland, Australia. Source: Abdul Latif Jameel

July 25 (Renewables Now) - Ten projects will compete for contracts with state-owned electricity generation and trading company CleanCo in a tender for up to 400 MW of renewables capacity with energy storage in Queensland, Australia.

The Renewables 400 reverse auction seeks to bring fresh wind, solar and battery storage capacity into the market. The government announced the 10 shortlisted projects on Wednesday, saying CleanCo will gather binding proposals from them and then recommend projects to the government early next year.

The following table contains a list of the shortlisted candidates and their proposals.

Developer Project Capacity (MW)
Acciona Australia MacIntyre Wind Farm 540
Edify Energy Majors Creek Solar Farm 200
First Solar Australia Chinchilla Solar Farm 100
Goldwind Australia Clarke Creek Wind Farm 800
Infigen Energy Forsayth Integrated Facility (wind+storage) 65
Lyon Infrastructure Investment Cape York Solar Storage  55
Neoen Australia Kaban Green Power Hub 130
Pacific Hydro Australia Developments Haughton Solar Farm 100
Vena Energy Collinsville North Solar 100
Windlab Lakeland Wind Farm 100

CleanCo will start trading in the national electricity market on October 31, 2019. The entity was set up in 2017 as part of the Powering Queensland’s Future plan. The state-owned generator will take over the 570-MW Wivenhoe pumped storage hydropower station, the 385-MW gas-fired Swanbank E power station and the Kareeya, Barron Gorge and Koombooloomba hydropower stations from the state’s other publicly-owned generators Stanwell and CS Energy. These will create CleanCo’s starting pack of generation assets, to which it will add renewables capacity with storage in order to increase competition and supply, putting downward pressure on power prices in the state.

According to the government’s estimates, CleanCo is expected to lower wholesale electricity prices by AUD 7 (USD 4.9/EUR 4.4) per MWh on average, bringing around AUD 70 per year in savings for the average Queensland household.

Queensland's goal is to reach a 50% renewables share by 2030.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.698/EUR 0.626)

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