October 12 (Renewables Now) - The expression of interest (EOI) process for Queensland's 400-MW large-scale renewable energy auction has drawn proposals with a combined capacity surpassing 9,000 MW.
The process closed on September 25, with 79 businesses lodging a total of 115 proposals, it was announced on Wednesday.
“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,” energy minister Mark Bailey said, adding that most of the opportunities are in regional Queensland.
According to the minister, some 2,200 MW of wind energy, over 6,400 MW of solar and around 500 MW of other renewables such as biomass make up the clean energy mix of the EOI. “A number of these projects could be first of a kind in Queensland, including concentrated solar thermal technology [...],” he said. About 6,000 MW of energy storage proposals were also present.
Projects that make it to the shortlist will be invited to take part in the next and final stage of the auction scheduled for next month.
The Renewables 400 programme is part of the state government's AUD-1.16-billion (USD 908m/EUR 765m) Powering Queensland Plan and follows its Solar 150 programme. With the Renewables 400 initiative, the government wants to secure up to 100 MW of energy storage before 2020.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.783/EUR 0.660)