GW of projects, MW of availability

September 2019

GW of projects, MW of availabilty  


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RenewableCube: Up to date, detailed, and comprehensive database of solar, wind and storage assets in Australia, India and SE Asia

Renewable product updatesIn August 2019, 14 Australian assets developed by 10 companies were added to the RenewableCube, accounting for 898 MW of capacity. Of the 14 new projects, 9 are solar, 4 are storage and 1 wind project. Data for a further 50 projects, representing 5,389 MW, was updated.


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It’s a race to connect north of Gladstone

An abundance of renewable energy, but few opportunities to connect. The transmission and distribution network north of Gladstone, Australia is facing just this issue, with an 8 gigawatt (GWac) pipeline of utility PV, wind and storage projects yet to reach financial close. However, the majority of these projects will be stranded in the short term, unable to connect, as network capacity available for non-synchronous generation in the region is less than 300 megawatts (MWac) – the result of system strength limitations. Of the proposed 8 GWac of capacity, the majority is PV with 5.9 GWac, followed by 1.3 GWac of wind and 0.82 GWac of storage. Some of the most established solar and wind developers in Australia have projects in the region with DA approval, including Edify, Pacific Hydro FRV, Infigen and ESCO Pacific. If the network limitations can be solved, the region has the potential to unlock sufficient capacity for up to 700 MWac of these renewable projects to connect, and pave the way for A$900 million to A$1.4 billion in investment.

GE moves into second place

Upon being awarded the turbine supply contract for the 800 MW Golden Plains Wind Farm, GE Renewable Energy has overtaken Goldwind, Senvion and Siemens Gamesa to become Australia's second-largest turbine supplier. The Golden Plains Wind Farm, which is being co-developed by GE and WestWind Energy Pty Ltd, will feature 200 of GE's Cypress wind turbines.

Wellington Solar Farm to begin construction

Lightsource BP announced that construction is expected to begin for the Wellington Solar Farm in the coming months. The 174 MWac project is currently the fourth-largest committed solar farm in New South Wales.