S Australia govt seeks to go 100% green, calls for proposals
Hallett wind farms, South Australia. Author: Ian Sutton. License: Creative Commons.
The Government of South Australia said Thursday it is seeking ideas from the local energy industry on ways to source the entire electricity needed for its buildings from renewables.
All experienced sector players are invited to submit their proposals under the Department of State Development’s Low Carbon Electricity Supply and Services Expression of Interest (EoI) scheme by noon on December 24, 2015. The ultimate goal of the project is to generate as much as 481 GWh of green energy annually for all governmental sites.
“Proposals could include, but not be limited to, technologies such as wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal, batteries, hydrostorage and efficient gas or hybrid proposals,” Premier Jay Weatherill noted. The chosen plants are to be put into operation between 2016-2017 when the government's current agreements with local utilities expire.
The state has also committed to make its cosmopolitan coastal capital Adelaide the first carbon-neutral city in the world, according to the statement.