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Submission to the Australian Government’s Underwriting New Generation Investments program

In the latest iteration of the Australian Federal Government's approach to new electricity generation, they have called for responses to a concept of underwriting new generation investments new investment "in firm or firmed generation capacity to increase competition and reduce electricity prices. The new program also aims to improve reliability and security by increasing the level of firm capacity in the system." See https://www.environment.gov.au/energy/underwritingnewgeneration

Austela has provided a submission to this process (LINK).

Results from ARENA's RFI on CST Projects

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) to test the market for CST projects in Australia. The RFI process closed on 31 July 2017 and a synthesis of responses, prepared by ITP, is now publically available. The report can be downloaded HERE.

Growing momentum for CST in Australia

In the context of the recent decision to build a 150 MW solar thermal power plant with 8 hours of full-load thermal energy storage to diversify and stabilize South Australia’s electricity system, followed by its development approval earlier this month, concentrated solar thermal energy is experiencing increasing interest from different government entities and companies in Australia.

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150 MW Solar Thermal Power Plant in Port Augusta Announced

On 14 August 2017, South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, announced that a solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta, SA has been secured. Construction of the 150 MW Aurora Solar Energy Project will start in 2018 and is planned to be completed by 2020. The power plant will supply dispatchable power to the State Government's needs with 8 to 10 hours of full-load thermal energy storage and will create more than 700 jobs

News article on ABC

SolarReserve project page

 

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