The Gold Coast receives abundant wind and sunlight throughout the year, and in an effort to rely on alternative energy resources, the government is looking into these natural resources as possible ways to promote green energy in the country. The government does not only encourage home and business owners to make the change, but has made steps towards it was well. According to Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Premier Daniel Andrews, six projects are expected to provide power to over 646,000 homes in Victoria upon completion.
Alternative sources of energy such as wind and solar on the Gold Coast have gotten even more support from the government as new solar and wind farms are being built after the reverse auction.
A reverse auction is a scheme where developers bid for the lowest cost for a project, and this is how the state funded the shift to alternative energy options. The Energy Minister explains that the way to get into the system is through the quickest and cheapest new build of energy.
Matthew Guy, the Opposition Leader, says that the details of the reverse auction for renewable energy must be made transparent to ensure that the taxpayers won’t be shouldering more than necessary for the project to push through.
Some of these farms include the Winston solar farm that is set to product 98.8MW of solar on the Gold Coast. The Mortlake South wind farm is expected to supply up to 157.5MW, 336MW from Dundonnell wind farm, 121.6MW from Cawarp solar farm, 34.2 from Cohuna solar farm, and 180MW from Berrybank wind farm.
The construction is set to start next year, and is expected to be done by 2020. The state government plans to get 25% of their energy from solar and wind farms by 2020, and 40% by 2025.
Premier Andrews explains that he plans to strengthen government support to households using solar power if he gets re-elected. There are now about 10,000 households relying on solar panels, and he wants to pay them $5,000 for batter instalments, which is part of their $1.3 billion plan that seeks to subsidize hot water systems and solar panels.