The Energy Implementation team is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of the South Australian government’s major energy initiatives. It directly supports the Department’s intent to deliver affordable, reliable, and secure energy through the transition of Australia’s energy network.
Key programs being designed or delivered by the Energy Implementation team include:
- $100 million Home Battery Scheme
- $50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund
- $150 million Renewable Technology Fund
- South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant
- South Australian Government electricity load – SolarReserve’s Aurora 150 MW solar-thermal project
- Market process to lease for 25 years the emergency generators currently in place at Lonsdale and Elizabeth. Details can be found at the SA Tenders and Contracts website. The government has undertaken considerable community engagement both during the commissioning of the generators and in considering options for moving the generators to an alternate location. A copy of the 2018 Community Engagement Plan (PDF 470 KB) is available for download as a requirement of the licence granted by the Environment Protection Authority. This document will be updated to reflect the market process outcomes. The government is continuing to engage with residents near the Lonsdale site.
The Energy Implementation team also plays a vital role in ensuring that South Australia’s rich endowment of renewable resources, combined with the government’s major investment in renewable energy projects, is leveraged to establish and grow significant new industries, provide opportunities to new and existing local suppliers, and support the creation of new, sustainable jobs within the state. Areas of focus include:
- large scale renewable energy generation and storage, such as wind, solar thermal, solar PV, bioenergy, battery, pumped hydro and thermal storage
- demand-side energy such as rooftop solar, bioenergy, distributed storage, energy efficiency and demand management
- hydrogen production, use and export
- zero emission vehicles including vehicle uptake and investment in charging and refuelling infrastructure
- supply chain development of low carbon technologies (including a battery focus)
- research and industry partnerships in low carbon technologies.
You can find more information at Renewables SA