Australian Capital Territory

Second phase of ACT's Solar Auction receives 15 proposals

THE ACT Government last week said that it has received strong industry response for the second phase of its Solar Auction project, with 15 proposals received from Australian and international companies for large-scale solar generation facilities.

Environment and Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell said the second phase will award 20 megawatts of renewable energy for the Territory, in addition to the 20 megawatts awarded in 2012.

Mr Corbell called the Solar Auction a nation leading project that demonstrates the government's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases.

"Our Sustainable Energy Policy and climate change action plan will result in the ACT's electricity supply being 90% renewable by 2020 and the ACT being carbon neutral by 2060," Mr Corbell said.

The first stage of the Solar Auction was announced in January 2012 and received strong interest from both Australian and overseas companies, according to the government.

The tender was awarded to Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Pty Ltd with construction to begin in the second half of 2013, pending necessary approvals.

Under the two-stream process, regular stream proponents are competing for up to 20 megawatts of the original 40 megawatts of renewable energy generating capacity on offer in the Solar Auction.

"This is another milestone in the Solar Auction Program and the outcome of the regular stream is keenly anticipated by industry and policy-makers in Australia and internationally," Mr Corbell said.

"The government will now analyse the proposals and consider options for the second allocation of the scheme."

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