Australian utility Ergon Energy is launching a tender for 150MW of renewable energy projects for its regional grid in Queensland, an Australian state which up till now has been largely devoid of large-scale renewable projects despite strong solar resources.
The firm will take on new solar, wind and hydro power opportunities in the state.
This week, Ergon will be calling for detailed submissions from companies that have a “solid reputation in the renewable energy space” and can help the company meet its target. Ergon is also looking to partner on new renewable energy projects.
Among other renewable projects, Ergon already supports the 400kW Fraser Coast Solar Farm.
The news comes shortly after PV developer SunEdison said it was partnering with Solar Choice in order to co-develop the 2GW Bulli Creek Solar Farm in south-west Queensland, which is likely to be the largest solar farm in the world once developed.
Minister for energy Mark Bailey said Ergon Energy’s entry into the renewables sector in Queensland will also significantly increase construction job numbers and employment in ongoing maintenance.
Bailey said: “This is the beginning of the large-scale renewable energy agenda of the Palaszczuk Government. This simply would not be happening if Ergon Energy was being privatised as planned by the previous LNP government. Our focus on public ownership and strong commitments on renewable energy gives confidence to Ergon to take this forward.”
Ergon Energy chief executive Ian McLeod said: “Renewable energy sources including rooftop solar are already contributing over 10% of the electricity for our main grid and we expect that growth to continue.”