On 8 September, ARENA announced information on 12 renewable projects that jointly share in $92 million funding. The projects are spread across the country with:
- six in Queensland (Kidston Solar Park 50MW, Longreach Solar Farm 15MW, Collinsville Solar Power Station 42MW, Whitsunday Soar Farm 58.1MW, Oakey Solar Farm 25MW and Darling Downs Solar Farm 110MW)
- five in New South Wales (White Rock Solar Farm 20MW, Dubbo Solar Hub 24.2MW, Manildra Solar Farm 42.5MW, Parkes Solar Farm 50.6MW and Griffith Solar Farm 25MW); and
- one in Western Australia (Emu Downs Solar Farm 20MW).
Once operational, ARENA states that these projects “will generate about one-tenth of the power needed to meet Australia’s 2020 Renewable Energy Target, supply enough electricity for 150,000 average homes and create 2,300 direct jobs alone”. Total renewable capacity represented by the projects is 482MW.
On 8 September, developer Lyon Solar announced it will build a 4000 square-metre battery near Roxby Downs, alongside its Kingfisher solar project, with both up and running by late 2017. The company states that “the $400 million solar panel and battery project will help SA use renewable energy without destabilising the electricity network”.
Lyon is in discussions with the state government and large energy users, although there is no formal agreement yet for anyone to use the energy from the solar battery. The project is stated as being funded by a “large overseas businesses and a US investment fund”.