Next Generation Renewables
Next Generation Energy Storage program - new funding announced
Applications for funding under the fourth round of the Next Generation Energy Storage program are now open. Interested parties have until 2 June 2019 to apply.
- Program Guidelines
- Attachment B – Draft Deed of Grant
- Attachment C – Data Specification
- Attachment D – Safety Management and Installation Guide
- Attachment E – Energy Storage Local Investment Opportunities
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit proposals electronically via the SmartyGrants platform accessed via the following links:
On 20 May 2019, an industry briefing was held for round four of Next Generation storage grants. The presentation can be accessed here.
Summary of Questions and Answers for Next Generation Energy Storage Grants Funding Round 4.
For further information contact the Next Gen Secretariat at NextGen@act.gov.au.
Next Generation Energy Storage program
One of the largest roll-outs of household batteries in the world started in the ACT in early 2016. The $25 million Next Generation Energy Storage program is supporting the roll out of up to 36 megawatts of smart battery storage. Around 1100 systems have been supported under the program to date, with the rate of installation expected to increase through 2019.
The installers currently operating under the program and able to offer support for battery storage are ActewAGL Retail, Evergen, Harvey Norman Commercial Division, ITP Home Energy, Solargain and SolarHub.
While these companies are selected to participate in the storage grants scheme, the ACT Government isn’t endorsing the companies or their products. If you’re considering battery storage you need to evaluate the products and options on offer and use your own judgement to choose the company that is right for you.
For more information on the Next Generation Energy Storage program please visit Actsmart.
NOTE: The ACT Government is aware that a former battery storage provider under the Next Generation Energy Storage Program, Power Saving Centre (Canberra), was placed into voluntary administration on Monday 25th of February 2019. Customers who think they may be affected are advised to contact the voluntary administrators, SV Partners on 1800 246 801 or email email@example.com as soon as possible.
Background to the Government’s Next Generation program
Through the Next Generation Renewables Program, the ACT Government has a vision for Canberra to become a globally recognised centre for renewable energy innovation and investment. The global battery storage market, for example, is predicted to be worth $400 billion by 2030 and the ACT is an ideal launching pad for national and international businesses wanting to get a head start in this exciting emerging industry.
The ACT is connected to the national energy grid which runs from Queensland, through the eastern states to Tasmania and South Australia. As the location of the renewable energy supply needed to reach the ACT’s target isn’t critical to our emission reduction effect, we source our renewable electricity from generators located across eastern and southern Australia.
While our connection to the National Electricity Market means we don’t have concerns about future supply, the ACT Government recognises that low-cost energy storage is the missing-link in the transition to a 100% renewable National Electricity Market.
The ACT is determined to play its part in developing this emerging industry while capturing the benefits for households, businesses and research and trades training institutions. Next generation renewable energy, incorporating energy storage, will address any energy intermittency issues. It will also allow for ageing greenhouse gas intensive coal and gas fired power stations to be retired.
Energy storage can be in many forms, including:
- chemical (for example, batteries or hydrogen)
- thermal (for example, molten salts)
- potential energy (for example, pump and store hydro).
Energy storage can be attached to or remote from a generation source. Technologies are advancing rapidly and may eventually outperform the inefficient and carbon-intensive open-cycle gas power stations being used to meet peak electricity demand. To address climate change, over the coming decade other jurisdictions will need to follow the ACT’s leadership in decarbonising the nation’s electricity supplies. To achieve this across Australia, the intermittency of solar and wind energy needs to be addressed. Emerging, and increasingly cost-effective energy storage will help.
Next Generation Renewables Program—200 MW auction
The Next Generation Renewables Program is supported by the fourth reverse auction for 200 MW of renewables.
On 23 August 2016, the Minister announced two successful wind proponents as the winners of the Next Generation Renewables auction. The output from the two wind farms is the final renewable electricity needed to meet the ACT’s 100%-by-2020 renewable electricity target and 40 per cent reduction on 1990 level 2020 greenhouse gas emission target. In addition to supplying low cost renewable electricity to Canberra, the wind farms will also be financing the roll-out of 36MW of distributed battery storage in over 5,000 ACT homes and businesses under the Government’s Next Generation Storage program.
The two supported wind farms are:
Crookwell 2 Wind Farm - 91 MW - developed by Union Fenosa Wind Australia, due for completion in September 2018 and located 15km south-east of Crookwell (30km north-west of Goulburn), this project will bring $125 million in benefits to the ACT and region. The farm comprises 28 turbines and will provide enough energy to power 41,600 Canberra homes.
Hornsdale Wind Farm Stage 3 -109 MW - developed by Neoen International SAS and Megawatt Capital, located in South Australia, around 150 km north of Adelaide. This is the third stage of the wind farm, which was also successful in the first and second ACT Wind Auctions, taking the total ACT supported capacity to 309MW. This stage will bring $55 million in economic benefits to the ACT, comprises 35 turbines and will provide enough energy to power 56,600 Canberra homes.
As with all previous reverse auctions run by the Government, the Next Generation Renewables auction again set a new benchmark price for renewable energy in Australia with $73/MWh for the Hornsdale Wind Farm, fixed for 20-years. The price for Crookwell Wind Farm of $86.60/MWh is a record low for a wind farm in NSW.
Factsheet on the two winners
More information about how the ACT's renewable energy reverse auctions work.
Review of Next Generation Renewables Auction and the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011
The Next Generation Renewables Auction and the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011 were reviewed by Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Limited, as required under section 22 of the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011. The review was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 16 August 2017.
Next Generation Solar expressions of interest
Thirty submissions were received in response to the ACT Government’s 2015 Next Generation Solar Expression of Interest. The Expression of Interest provided valuable insights into the emerging opportunities for solar and energy storage in the ACT and has informed the development of the Government’s strategy and program going forward.
The ACT Government is facilitating networking between service providers who are interested in participating in the Next Generation Energy Storage program. To do this, service providers can have their details listed on the Environment website. Any services providers who wish to have their details listed should contact the Next Generation Secretariat at NextGen@act.gov.au.