Queensland receives huge response to 400 MW renewables and 100 MW storage tender

The Queensland government in Australia has submitted an open tender calling for the development of 400 MW of large-scale renewables and 100 MW of energy storage projects. In an overwhelming response, the government has received 115 proposals from 79 different companies for the program.

Representatives of the Queensland government, and KPMG which is assisting the government with the tender program, attended the All Energy conference this week to present details as to the tender process and engage with prospective investors.

A staggering volume of potential projects, across a large range of generation and energy storage technologies have already been submitted. Among these are 2.2 GW worth of wind energy projects, 6.4 GW of large scale solar, and around 500 MW of other renewable energy technologies, and up to 6 GWh of energy storage projects.

Queensland Energy Minister Mark 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.”

Bailey continued: “This is greater than the current 8,200 MW generated by coal-fired power stations and is further proof that Queensland does not need a new coal-fired power station being trumped by the LNP.”

“A number of these projects could be first of a kind in Queensland, including concentrated solar thermal technology which provides dispatchable energy supply – like the Crescent Dunes facility in the Nevada desert, powering Las Vegas overnight.”

The tender is scheduled to enter its final stage in November 2017.