New platform could fast-track large-scale grid connections

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $498,000 funding for the University of Queensland (UQ) to develop a platform to speed up the connection of large scale renewable projects to the grid.

Large-scale generators are required to negotiate and agree to a set of standards before connecting to the grid.  This process can cause long delays in the completion of such projects, which affects investor confidence and increases costs.

The new platform will test a streamlined approach, identifying common issues prior to installation on site. Faster and lower risk commissioning will result in lower cost renewable energy projects and reduced barriers for hybrid projects.

ARENA Acting CEO Chris Faris said the testing platform could help accelerate Australia’s transition to renewable electricity. ‘To meet our national 2030 and 2050 emissions reductions goals, we must accelerate the pace of commissioning, installing and connecting renewable energy projects.’

‘This project has the potential to significantly speed up the process for bringing new solar, wind and battery projects online, so we’re excited to see what the University of Queensland team delivers,’ Mr Farris said.

Source: ARENA