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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#721 Post by how good is he » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:26 am

Impressed that they mention SAs Hornsdale Reserve as ground breaking in this publication, so hopefully more people know this about it in the USA & globally. I forget that SA and little old Jamestown holds the current world record for something so relevant today.

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#722 Post by PeFe » Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:17 pm

Adani re-applying for a licence to develop a solar farm at Whyalla (after telling the state government that if the Gupta solar farm went ahead, it would endanger wildlife!)

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Adani Renewables applies – again – for Whyalla solar farm generation licence

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Adani Renewables’ ongoing bid for regulatory approval for its long-delayed 140MW Whyalla solar farm in South Australia is back in the lap of the state’s Essential Services Commission after an updated application for an electricity generation licence was submitted on Wednesday.

The updated application – the original was submitted all the way back in November of 2018 – was submitted by fully-owned Adani subsidiary Whyalla Renewables, and seeks a licence to operate the Whyalla solar power generator starting next month.

“Licence to Operate the Whyalla Solar Farm is sought from 15th of April 2020, as we require certainty for the project,” the application says.

“Also the Licence is a pre-requisite to AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) registration, therefore, we require the licence and finalised technical conditions from ESCOSA to finalise the GPS and AEMO Registration,” it adds.

The amended application appears to change the project “contact person” nominated by Whyalla Renewables, and the date sought for the licence, which was originally set at a hopeful December 04, 2018. The new application again states the project has no battery storage planned.

And while all necessary approvals for construction were finalised last year, lingering uncertainty around grid connection and off-take partners has kept the $200 million project in limbo.

The project would be located close to the Whyalla Steelworks, which was bought by UK billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, who intends to construct a total of 1GW of solar and storage to reduce the plant’s energy costs, and for other major energy users in the state.

And in an ironical twist to the tale, Adani – which is also the proponent of the highly controversial Carmichael coal project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin – in April last year raised objections to one of Gupta’s Whyalla solar projects, citing concern over the impact on two bird species.

The objection, revealed in planning documents filed to South Australia’s State Planning Commission, referred to the 280MW Cultana solar farm, designed to provide power to the Whyalla Steelworks, and located right next to the Adani Renewables project.

Whether this comes back to bite the company remains to be seen – the new application will be subject to a public consultation and submissions period closing on April 09, 2020.

https://reneweconomy.com.au/adani-renew ... nce-60982/

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#723 Post by PeFe » Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:48 pm

SA Water is ploughing ahead with its building program of small solar farms (with battery storage) next to pumping stations, to cut its electricity bill.

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SA Water readies to install another 8MW solar, 880kWh battery storage

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SA Water looks to be making a start on its big plans for solar and storage in 2020, with an application to the South Australia regulator to install 8MW of solar and 750kW/880kWh of battery storage at its Swan Reach Water Treatment Plan, north-east of Adelaide.

The utility, one of the state’s largest energy users, has submitted an application for a variation to its electricity generation licence, to the South Australian Essential Services Commission.

The application seeks approval for multiple new generating plant locations, including a 2.5MW solar array at the Swan Reach 1 pumping station, 4.95MW of solar at the Swan Reach 2 pumping station, and 550kW of PV at the Swan Reach water filtration plant.

The application also seeks a licence to install a 750kW/880kWh Tesla battery storage system at the Swan Reach water pumping station.

The new installations are part of SA Water’s journey to “net zero” electricity costs, which it had aimed to achieve this year by rolling out a total of 154MW of solar PV and 34MWh of energy storage across more than 70 of its sites in a plan first unveiled in December 2017.

The huge task has been undertaken in partnership with Adelaide-based Enerven – a wholly-owned subsidiary of SA Power Networks – which won the tender for the massive contract in 2018, including plans for a floating solar plant.

SA Water manages more than 27,000km of water mains, including 9,266 km in the Adelaide metropolitan area. In 2016-17, the utility’s electricity bills totalled $55 million for 220GWh and $62 million in 2017-18.

“Locating generation behind the meter will improve our resilience to grid interruptions, significantly reduce our network charges and isolate our business from electricity market price volatility, in both the short and long-term,” SA Water’s head of “Zero Cost Energy Future” Nicola Murphy said in January.

“We’ll always need to use and buy some electricity, but we can be smart in our approach to managing it as we work towards a zero cost energy future.”

https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/sa-wat ... y-storage/

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#724 Post by SBD » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:31 pm

PeFe wrote:
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:48 pm
SA Water is ploughing ahead with its building program of small solar farms (with battery storage) next to pumping stations, to cut its electricity bill.

From One Step Off The Grid
SA Water readies to install another 8MW solar, 880kWh battery storage

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https://onestepoffthegrid.com.au/sa-wat ... y-storage/
Slightly off-topic, but where have OHS rules taken us that these people need hard hats and clear safety glasses, but it's OK for one to have long loose hair and a pendant on a chain round her neck not tucked behind a tee-shirt?

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