New Parliament – New Green Beginnings

As the new Federal Parliament sits for the first time the business of government begins in earnest once again and Departments gear up to advance policy, Cleveland Powers’ David Bray says the clock ticks down for a clean energy future.

ArenaDepartments will get busy now that the new government is in place. None will, be busier in the last 1/4 of the year than ARENA. – Australia’s Renewable ENEGRY Agency.

ARENA is set to make decisions in the next few weeks that will affect key projects across Queensland, from major solar projects to renewable energy projects.

Eight new large Queensland solar farms which have applied for federal government assistance, will be considered in coming weeks and work continues on the Biomass refinery near Gladstone.

Other key projects are now also up for development and funding.

The agency is very aware that if Australia is to make its energy deadlines we’re starting to run against the clock so they are picking up project pace. They are an agency that bring a lot more to the table than just funding.

For us, the collaboration Cleveland Power has had with ARENA to date have been hugely beneficial.

Banner in blogWe’re continuing to work closely with the Agency to bring Cleveland Powers’ first project to fruition. The pleasing thing for us has been the lateral thinking that our relationship with ARENA has fostered. It means better and even more efficient outcomes for the Mt Cotton Project.

The Cleveland Power Project at Mount Cotton will be the 2nd such biomass energy solution of its type in Queensland with a Darling Downs operation working with differing technologies since 2014.

As the city’s first green engagement project on large scale the Mount Cotton power plant will see the development of clean energy sufficient to power more than forty thousand homes.

The fuel source used is chicken litter produced by the city’s huge poultry industry.

Biomass generation accounts for nearly 1% of Australia’s electricity production according to ARENA, and now represents 7% of renewable electricity production.

Step_Grate_FurnaceThe Mount Cotton project is also being hailed for its ability to not only generate green energy but to solve other long-term environmental issues facing the city.

By using poultry litter to create bioenergy the Mt Cotton plant will reduce the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of from the regions booming poultry sector.

As well as recovering energy from waste, it reduces the potential of nutrient and phosphorous run off to Morton Bay, reduces odour problems, reduces potential for groundwater contamination and kills harmful bacteria, flies and weed seeds normally in and around manure.

ARENA is to be congratulated for the speed at which it is moving.

They can see there are lots of great ideas in Australia for projects that will make us clean energy leaders, and their mandate stakes it from being pie in the sky to reality.

All funding proposals put to ARENA are assessed for best fit with the investment focus areas. ARENA takes a portfolio approach to what it invests in and looks to get the best results for Australians.

The economic, the jobs and the green rewards for Redland are soon to be released.