THE ACT Government this week said its large-scale solar plan has received strong interest from the renewable energy industry, with the government receiving 49 separate prequalification proposals as part of a request for proposals to deliver a large scale solar facility in the Territory.
Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell said the level of interest from the renewable energy industry is clear evidence that the ACT Labor Government's plan to make Canberra Australia's solar capital is "working, and is absolutely achievable."
Earlier this year, the ACT Government invited renewable energy companies to submit proposals to establish solar facilities to support the development of up to 40 megawatts of large-scale solar generation capacity.
Based on initial advice, Mr Corbell said the 49 prequalification proposals presented a range of options to deliver the large scale solar project, including different types of solar technology and different generation capacity proposals.
"Solar has to be at the centre of any sustainable energy strategy in the ACT and it is the Labor Government that has a clear, legislated plan, to ensure that we move towards cleaner alternatives to power our city into the future," Mr Corbell said.
The closing date for prequalification proposals was 10 April.
Twenty-seven proposals have been nominated for consideration in the fast-track assessment stream that will allocate up to 20 megawatts of capacity by mid-year. The remainder of the 40 megawatts is expected to be allocated early next year.