This is seen to be the second leg of that program, providing incentives for wind energy and for solar farms accompanied by some form of storage, be it battery storage, pumped hydro, solar thermal or some other.
The solar projects needed to be accompanied by storage equivalent to one fifth of their average daily output. The levels of storage has surprised some in the industry given the enormous amount of back-up capacity already built into the Queensland grid to support its baseload plants and to meet peak demand.
“The proposals received include renewable energy projects from a wide range of technologies and energy storage projects either stand alone or integrated with a renewable energy project,” Bailey said in a statement.
Bailey noted that the 9,000MW offered in the tender was greater than the current 8,200 MW capacity of its coal-fired power station fleet “and is further proof that Queensland does not need a new coal-fired power station being trumpted by the LNP.”
“The clean energy mix of the EOI is around 2200 MW of wind energy, more than 6400 MW of solar and around 500MW of other renewable energy technologies such as biomass.