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ACT's solar success

22nd Apr 2013

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is setting the stage for an increased level of solar power action, with its Solar Auction initiative progressing the territory's solar outlook.

ACT began the Solar Auction program calling for proposals in January 2012, to support the development of up to 40 MW of large-scale solar generation capacity throughout the ACT.

The competitive scheme is now in its second stage. The process is overseen by a Solar Auction Advisory Panel which regulates the assessment process and makes recommendations to the minister for the environment.

In this second phase of the Solar Auction, 15 proposals have been submitted.

"The government has received 15 proposals from companies both in Australia and around the globe who are all keen to be involved in this innovative program," said the minister for the environment and sustainable development, Simon Corbell.

"The Solar Auction is a nation leading project in this field and today's announcement highlights the strong industry backing of this work."

The second phase of the initiative will award a further 20 MW of renewable energy within the ACT, building on the 20 MW awarded in 2012.

This will add a further 37,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy annually, enough to power about 4,400 homes in Canberra.

"This milestone, in the nation leading project, demonstrates this government's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases in the Territory," said Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell also highlighted the ACT's Sustainable Energy Policy and climate change action plan as leading the territory towards a 90 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2020,  as well as the territory being carbon neutral by 2060.

Now that proposals have been submitted, the government will consider their options and finally choose which proposal will be rewarded with funding and support.

Posted by Mike Peacock

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