SA calls for ‘next generation’ of renewable projects

The South Australian Government has issued three calls for the “next generation of renewable energy projects”, as part of the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund.

Investment Guidelines have been released and tenders are now open for projects that will deliver clean, reliable and affordable power in three categories:

  • Firming renewable generation – e.g. incorporating storage or other equipment into existing or pending wind or solar developments for increased inertia and system stability
  • Bulk energy storage – e.g. pumped hydro, compressed air, thermal storage or virtual power plants
  • Bioenergy – e.g. energy produced from agricultural wastes or by-products

Premier Jay Weatherill said the state was “firmly positioned” to be a world-leader in renewable energy techonology.

“We’ll soon be home to the world’s largest lithium ion battery at Jamestown and the ground-breaking solar thermal project at Port Augusta,” the Premier said.

“Now we’re looking for the next generation of renewable technologies and demand management technologies to maintain our global leadership.

“We want to support innovative companies and entrepreneurs in a state that is nurturing cutting-edge technology.

“I can’t wait to see some of the exciting projects which are accelerated as a result of investments from our Renewable Technology Fund.”

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday, September 28.