The Northern Territory (NT) Labor Government has launched its draft Climate Change Response, a comprehensive and informed plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The NT is looking particularly to solar, as “Solar is the cheapest form of new electricity generation, and the NT has one of the best solar resources in the world.”
The Northern Territory has given major project status to an ambitious plan to develop a 10 GW solar farm coupled with a 20-30 GWh storage facility near Tennant Creek and export solar power harvested in the Australian desert to Singapore via subsea cables.
As part of its plans to transition to 50% renewable energy by 2030, the Northern Territory government is moving forward with its solar schools program with tenders awarded for installation at five schools.
Singapore-based proponent Sun Cable is eyeing up what would be the world’s biggest solar project by a large margin. The NT government is on board with the plans, while the environmental approval application is still in the works. Project plans include the deployment of the 5B pre-assembled array concept.
A new report raises awareness of the potential jobs and revenue opportunities for Territorians in a zero-carbon economy. The 10 GW Vision relies largely on solar PV.
Construction has been completed on the Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), which has been touted as Australia’s largest rollout of solar power to remote communities to date.
The Northern Territory has announced a one-off $2 million program energy efficiency and sustainability funding pool with grants now open to local government councils for a range of projects, including energy storage and renewable energy systems.
BSR EPC has secured a contract from Australian renewables developer Epuron to deliver the Northern Territory’s largest solar project – the 33 MW Katherine Solar Farm co-located with a 6 MW battery storage system.
Diversifying its gas-focused portfolio Down Under, the Italian oil group has acquired the Northern Territory’s largest solar project – the 33.7 MWp Katherine Solar Farm.
Two 10 MW solar farms at Batchelor and Manton Dam developed by Tetris Energy will soon enter the construction phase and boost the NT share of renewable energy from the current 3% to 10%. The $43 million solar projects have signed PPAs with Jacana Energy and NT Solar Investments.
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