There’s been some preeeetty cool stuff happening around renewable energy in Australia over the past couple of months so I wanted to do a little round up as some of these are world-leading projects!
- South Australia announces Tesla will install the world’s largest lithium ion battery to store power generated by a new wind farm near Adelaide and to be operating by end-2017.
- South Australia announces it will construct the world’s largest (of its kind) solar thermal power plant to supply all of the government’s energy needs from 2020. The plant will be able to store 8 hours worth of full load electricity. (If you want to nerd out on energy policy this is a great read on why this is a game changer that should really receive as much attention as the Tesla batteries).
- Queensland finalises the details of a deal with General Electric to build Australia’s largest wind farm which will power 260,000 homes once completed in 2019.
- Victoria announces Australia’s largest renewable energy auction as part of efforts to meet its renewable energy targets of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025. The auction will secure renewable energy that is projected to help reduce power bills for homes and businesses, create thousands of jobs and provide power for 389,000 homes.
If these huge announcements don’t provide a sense of the potential for renewable energy in this country then here is GE chief executive in charge of onshore wind farm projects, Peter McCabe:
“After the US, it [Australia] is GE’s second largest region globally for renewable energy.”
That’s right. After a country of 325 million people, a country of 24 million is GE’s next largest market.
And to make it extra clear here’s a ranking from a 2015 Beyond Zero Emissions report of the top ten ranked nations for wind and solar resources.
It’s great to see state governments working to capitalise on this potential and positioning their state, and even Australia, as a global leader in renewable energy.