BANKSIA GOLD AWARD
ACT Solar Auction – ACT Environment and Planning Directorate, ACT
The ACT’s climate change strategy will reduce the Territory’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020, moving towards full carbon neutrality in 2060.
An important element is improving the eco-efficiency of our energy supply. Large scale solar plays a key part of the Government’s strategy for renewable energy with 40 MW of large-scale solar renewable energy generating capacity, across three projects, projected to be online by mid 2015.
The ACT was the first jurisdiction in Australia to use an innovative reverse auction process to award a large-scale feed-in tariff. As it had never been tried in Australia before it was not without risk. By taking that risk, however, the ACT Government has set a new national standard for feed-in tariff allocation and affordable renewable energy.
The now operating Royalla Solar Farm is the largest solar power facility in Australia. When all 40MW is commissioned it is anticipated 71,000 MWh of renewable energy will be produced each year – powering 10,000 Canberra homes. Being host to three of the largest solar power facilities in Australia underpins Canberra’s emergence as a renewable energy investment hub and supports the continuing improvement of our eco-efficiency and the growth of clean technology industries.