Department of Energy and Water Supply

Renewables 400

Under the Powering Queensland Plan, we are conducting a reverse auction for up to 400 megawatts of renewable energy capacity, including 100 megawatts of energy storage.

The auction process aims to:

  • diversify the sources of Queensland's electricity generation
  • support system security and reliability
  • accelerate the deployment of energy storage in Queensland
  • support local businesses and employment.

The auction process will consider standalone renewable energy projects, standalone energy storage projects and integrated renewable and energy storage projects.

Registration of interest

The registration of interest process concluded on 28 August 2017 with 228 businesses registering.

Expression of interest

An expression of interest (EOI) process is now open and closes on 25 September 2017.

Proponents are invited to put forward projects that meet the following criteria.

For renewable energy generation

  • Projects must be located in Queensland and grid connected.
  • Renewable energy technologies must be eligible to qualify as renewable energy source under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, with the minimum project requirements outlined in the table below.
  • Sizing requirements as detailed in the table below.
Renewable generation type Minimum requirements
Wind generation (assumed to be semi-scheduled) 30MW (AC)
Solar generation with integrated storage 30MW (AC), with usable storage capacity providing a minimum of 20% of the average daily energy yield or greater
Other scheduled or semi-scheduled generation, e.g. biomass, concentrated solar thermal 10MW (AC)
Co-firing of existing coal fired generators with biomass (scheduled) Equivalent of 30MW (AC) of capacity, e.g. replacing 10% of fuel requirement of a 350MW unit would be treated as 35MW of equivalent capacity

For energy storage

  • All storage technology or storage types are eligible to participate.
  • The project size must be 5MWh or greater useable energy storage capacity with a peak discharge/charge output of 5MW for at least 60 minutes.
  • The project is required to have a minimum project life of 10 years.

How to apply

To apply, visit the QTenders website. A QTenders account is required to download the required documentation. Parties that are interested in participating and have any queries are required to follow the process outlined in the invitation for expression of interest document.

Next steps

Once the EOI process closes, shortlisted proponents will be invited to submit binding bids through a request for proposal process.

Last updated:
1 September 2017
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