The Government of Queensland in Australia has received 115 proposals from 79 businesses seeking to develop more than 9GW of renewable energy projects across the state.
The proposals are part of a recently closed tender issued under the ‘Renewables 400’ programme, which aims to develop at least 400MW of large-scale renewable infrastructure and 100MW of energy storage projects.
The newly received proposals are intending to develop around 2,200MW of wind energy, more than 6,400MW of solar projects, and 500MW of other renewable energy technologies including biomass.
Queensland Energy Minister Mark Bailey said: “Renewable energy and storage technology will play an important role in the transition to a lower carbon energy future and we are doing everything we can to ensure the benefits of this new investment flow into the Queensland economy.
“The proposals received include renewable energy projects from a wide range of technologies and energy storage projects either stand alone or integrated with a renewable energy project.
“This combined capacity of clean energy would easily supply power for all households in Queensland.”
The government aims to generate 50% of energy from renewable sources by 2030.
The final stage of the tender process under ‘Renewables 400’ is scheduled to begin by November this year.
Image: Mirrors for a solar power plant. Photo: courtesy of alex lang via Flickr.