Tesla Reveals Single Powerpack Project Installed in Rockhampton, Queensland

Energy Storage

As Elecktrek reports, the new Powerpack displays the flexibility and reliability of the company’s energy storage products. Before the installation in Rockhampton, Queensland, Tesla already had previous huge Powerpack projects such as the 100MW/129 MWh energy storage system and the Tesla solar + Powerpacks project powering Kauai.

The mentioned utility-scale projects showcase hundreds of Powerpacks and huge commercial battery inverters. However, Tesla can set up smaller systems for various uses as well and still get a return of investment in the right conditions.

The project in Queensland proves that a single Powerpack with a much higher capacity commercial inverter can work. Pertaining to the project, Tesla wrote, “The Cathedral College in Rockhampton, Queensland is the first school in Australia to Tesla Powerpack store sustainable energy generated from solar during the day to power the boarding house during the evening and into the morning.”

The school got the services of GEM Energy Australia to build them a solar array to lessen their energy costs and they turned to Tesla to work out the energy issue so that they can use their own solar energy.

During an energy conference held in June, the General Manager of GEM Energy Australia, Benjamin Kolle, stated, “Exploring all different battery types and inverters, the solution we have implemented is 80.08kW of Q.CELLS Q.PLUS BFR-G4.1 280w with SolarEdge inverters with a Tesla Powerpack battery setup which includes 95kWh of usable storage and a 50kW Tesla Battery inverter. We chose this combination because of the performance, space requirements, and cost effectiveness.”

Tesla released its own commercial inverter which was developed in-house by utilising the company’s proven expertise for in-car inverters. By making use of the Powerpack into the system, Tesla believes that Cathedral College should gain a return on investment within six years. On the other hand, GEM Energy says that it would take at least 7 years to gain a payback for the full project with the solar arrays.

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New South Australia Battery to Help Cut Energy Costs

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According to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), it will provide financial aid for the project and it will be the first grid-scale battery to be designed, established, and commercially operated in the country.

Josh Frydenberg, the Energy and Environment Minister, said that the $12 million in funding for the 30 megawatt/8 megawatt-hour battery will assist in delivering inexpensive and stable energy as Australia switches to a lower emissions future.

The new Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project is estimated to begin operations by February next year.

Kane Thornton, Clean Energy Council Executive, mentioned that the latest project supported by ARENA will help and benefit both the energy storage sector and the citizens who are struggling due to the rising energy costs.

He continued, “The new battery project will support the security and reliability of the energy system. Pioneering projects such as this will be able to unlock the full potential of homegrown renewable energy. The exciting thing is that this is just the beginning of a transformation in the way we produce, deliver, and think about energy in this country. The Clean Energy Council has produced a comprehensive policy paper with practical ways to unlock the potential of energy storage.”

The three main roles of the Yorke Peninsula battery will be to provide backup power in the nearby area, supply network frequency security services, and showcase its ability to produce and provide power on a national scale. It will be owned by ElectraNet, a transmission provider, and leased to a major energy retailer.

The battery will improve the reliability and stability of supply in the Dalrymple service area by acting as a microgrid with the nearby Wattle Point wind farm and local rooftop solar systems.

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Victoria State Labor Government Presents New “Hybrid” Contracts for Solar and Wind Farms

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As Renew Economy reports, the details of the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme have been released and suggests it may not be until the middle of 2018 until the winners of the reverse auction will be announced. The said scheme is an essential part of the government’s strategy to attain 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

The complete information of the scheme will probably be made available until mid-October, giving applicants three months to submit their bids. It would also take the government three months to analyse the offers before scheduling contract negotiations with the successful bidders.

The report also stated that Victoria will present a 15-year “hybrid payment” that has a fixed component that will be paid quarterly in the form of $/MW/year.

The document showing the outline of the scheme indicated, “Under this mechanism, proponents will bid into the auction for the FP payment. The FP payment is intended to reflect the guaranteed revenue, required by proponents, to support their project in addition to the revenue under the government-set CfD payment.”

The “Contract for Difference” is still the key component of the scheme and this is being integrated along the similar lines to the ACT government, which presents a possible profit for the government if the wholesale prices are higher than the price bid by the developers of solar and wind farms.

Considering that the wholesale prices in Victoria are at more than $100 per megawatt-hour, the possibility for “pay-backs is high, but this will still depend on how much renewable energy generation is built, and the timing of much of the wind output.

The contract will be used to lure solar farms to Victoria even though it might post struggles due to the low solar radiance in the area. Solar will also produce power at the times of day normally associated with higher prices.

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Shell Australia’s Upcoming Solar Power Farm to Produce Hundreds of Jobs for Queensland Locals

Solar Power Farm

The Delga Solar Farm will be established 25 kilometres southwest of Wandoan. It is a project of Shell Australia, a subsidiary of multinational oil giant Royal Dutch Shell. The Delga Solar Farm is anticipated to produce hundreds of jobs, approximately from 500 to 800, in the region. Industry experts also expect the project to provide benefits to the region following the first stages of its operation.

In an article published on the Royal Dutch Shell Group website, it was mentioned that the new solar farm will more likely cover 400 hectares of land and it will be able to connect to the Powerlink Wandoan South substation. Through this, the energy produced by the solar farm can connect to the national energy grid.

According to Mayor Paul McVeigh, the upcoming solar farm project cements the status of the Western Downs as a leader in renewable energy production not only in Australia but also worldwide.

“We have fully embraced the future of renewables and energy production in our region, and we welcome the arrival of Shell Australia on to the solar energy scene in the Western Downs,” he said.

McVeigh also added that the solar farm project will contribute value to the resources that are already accessible in the community. “The Shell Australia solar farm project will bring many benefits to our communities and has the potential to value-add to our existing resource industries and experience network of supply chain businesses in the region.”

The Western Downs Council also approved a 300-megawatt solar farm situated in Columboola earlier this year. Other local projects in the area include a 110-megawatt photovoltaic solar power farm in the Darling Downs and the Equis Energy solar farm, which is also located near Wandoan.

The council now awaits the financial approval from Shell Australia.

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CEC Calls for Bipartisan Support for a Renewable Energy Target

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As Energy Matters reports, the renewable energy organisation launched an email campaign showing its support for a Clean Energy Target (CET). It stated that the government is “ignoring” the Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel’s warning regarding the future risks in Australia’s power supply. The CEC also fears that Australians could be left in the dark if there will be no firm renewable energy policy beyond 2020.

The CEC also urged the public to email their MP and let a local member know that they support a Clean Energy Target and they are ready to protect the country’s energy future.

The online statement published on the CEC’s website reads, “Most of Australia’s power comes from coal-fired power plants, more than half of which have passed their planned operating life. That means that your power prices will continue to rise, thanks to a lack of investment in new forms of clean power generation to replace these old plants.”

“The issue is made worse because the federal government has not locked in a long-term energy policy that also delivers carbon abatement beyond 2020. If the government cannot deliver a long-term national policy, the market will remain too volatile and risky for private investors to lay down the billions of dollars needed for new generation to ensure energy security for the coming decades,” the statement continues.

In his review, Dr. Finkel suggested 50 approaches to ensure and improve Australia’s power supply in the future. Out of the 50, 49 recommendations have already been endorsed by the Australian federal government. But the organisation still claims the government is ignoring the suggestion of Dr. Finkel to adopt a CET.

Click this link to read the full statement and to fill out the form to contact your local MP showing support for a CET.