We are delighted to have been recently commissioned by ARENA to examine the various options for providing dispatchable renewable electricity generation. Supported by the Institute of Sustainable Futures and ITK Consulting, we will examine individual technologies and combinations to classify their characteristics, appropriate uses, costs and cost dependencies in a transparent and consistent way, so that the full range of options available to Australia is clearly enunciated. Click here for more detail.
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ITP Renewables is delighted to have been commissioned by Endeavour Energy to deliver the Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Program. This Program is a community initiative that will help address the challenges associated with peak energy demand, whilst saving consumers money through the provision of more effective and efficient energy usage solutions. The economic feasibility of installing a residential energy storage system has markedly improved, with continued battery technology improvements and increased economies of scale driving battery prices lower. The Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Program makes batteries a more financially attractive option for consumers, by allowing selected homes with existing solar systems to install battery storage systems at a significantly subsidised cost. Distributed small-scale battery banks also have broader community benefits, by helping to address the challenges of ‘peak demand’. Cutting demand on over-loaded parts of the electricity network during peak usage periods ensures this Program will reduce the need for future investment in electricity network infrastructure, saving everybody money. This is one of the key objectives of the Program. Click here for more information.
In March 2017, ITP was chosen as the provider of expert advisory services to one of the 20 selected businesses participating in the NSW Clean Energy Strategies for Business program. Under the program, select businesses are supported by the NSW Government (Department of Industry and Office of Environment and Heritage) to work with expert advisers to collaboratively identify possible measures to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy or an emissions reduction target. The program is part of NSW Government’s objective for net zero emissions by 2050 and in recognition that businesses have a driving role in the achievement of that goal. Under the program, completed in June 2017, ITP assisted the Australian group of an international corporation with strategies to meet their ambitious global target for renewable energy to wholly offset energy use at their manufacturing site in NSW.
ITP Renewables has recently undertaken work for Zero Emissions Byron, which has a stated aim of reaching zero emissions (and 100% renewable electricity) by 2025. Modelling was used to optimise for least-cost through scenario analysis of likely options. This produced charts such as the following for a 100% renewable electricity outcome, which highlights the major role for solar in the Byron region. For more information read the project summary.
We are very pleased to once again have won the opportunity to sell subsidised batteries to households under the ACT Government's Next Generation Renewables program! This time we will be extending our battery offering to include Tesla Powerwall and Pylontech batteries, in addition to the LG Chem battery we offered in the Pilot round. As well we will be offering Reposit Power's smart software to optimise the use of the battery.
For more information visit the ITP Home Energy website.
We are were delighted to have been joined by ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell; Australian Renewable Energy Agency CEO Ivor Frischknecht and numerous Canberra based renewable energy firms at the launch of our Lithium Ion Battery Test Centre. Supported by a $450,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the trial is testing the performance of six major lithium-ion battery brands, an advanced lead‑acid battery, and a conventional lead‑acid battery. This three‑year independent testing will compare the batteries in hot daytime and cool overnight temperatures similar to real conditions. Check it out at www.batterytestcentre.com
ITP Renewables is very pleased to announce that we are one of three firms selected to participate in the ACT Government’s Next Generation Energy Storage Pilot. The Pilot creates a very exciting opportunity for ACT households and businesses to be among the first to join the energy revolution created by the advent of affordable battery storage! More details can be found at our Next Generation Energy Storage Pilot page.
In 2015, we led a group commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to investigate Renewable energy options for Australian industrial gas users. The project included:
- an assessment of the current gas market in Australia
- a technical assessment of the existing renewable technologies which could substitute gas use for heat generation in Australian industry
- an economic assessment of gas substitution with renewable heat in Australian industry.
We are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned to manage the Kiritimati Island Energy Sector Program (KIESP), one of the largest and most complex projects we have undertaken in this region. The KIESP is a NZ$13 million, four-year project which will transform the energy infrastructure on Kiritimati, a critical step for the country’s socio-economic development. It is jointly funded by the European Union and New Zealand Government in partnership with the Government of Kiribati. The project involves the construction of a new distribution network and deployment of new generation assets including photovoltaics and diesel generators. It will result in a reliable, high quality energy supply, ensure the electricity system is financially sustainable, and deliver training, capacity development and community education. We look forward to assisting the people of Kiribati in attaining electricity supply standards that most of us take for granted. Our previous Managing Director, Simon Troman, has taken on the role of KIESP Project Manager and spend extended periods of time on the island over the next two years.
We are pleased to announce our lithium ion battery performance trial is underway. Supported by a $450,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the trial is testing the performance of six major lithium-ion battery brands, an advanced lead‑acid battery, and a conventional lead‑acid battery. This three‑year independent testing will compare the batteries in hot daytime and cool overnight temperatures similar to real conditions. Despite recent reductions in the cost of lithium-ion batteries, and the potentially significant advantages the technology offers, energy system designers and end-users remain cautious about transitioning to new battery technologies. This is especially the case for remote applications where reliability is critical. The project seeks to provide independent performance data so people can make informed investment decisions. Find out more about the lithium-ion battery trial and live results.
We are proud to announce we have completed our 5,000th rooftop solar system inspection. Since 2009 we have undertaken quality and compliance inspections of roof-top PV installations as part of the Clean Energy Regulator's inspections program for small-scale renewable energy systems. The objective is to ensure that installations meet Australian standards, industry guidelines, and state/territory and local government requirements. The program has helped to ensure that solar panel installations in Australia remain world leading in terms of quality and safety. More information about the inspections program can be found on our website under the CER Inspections tab and on the Clean Energy Regulator's website.
We were privileged to be involved in a program to help contribute to the revitalisation of the renewable energy market in Fiji, especially where Independent Power Producers are concerned. The project, funded by the United Nations Development Programme, was divided into three components:
- Review and develop an appropriate and standardised Power Purchase Agreement for Fiji.
- Formulate an investment promotion package, and organise an investor’s forum.
- Develop a renewable energy incentive scheme for Fiji.
We were recently engaged by the World Bank to develop a least-cost generation and associated network development plan for Tonga. The plan covers a five-year period (2015 through 2020), with renewable energy plants scheduled to achieve a 50% reduction in imported fuel for electric generation. This project also involved providing a guiding strategy/plan for system development over an additional 10 years (through 2030). A critically important outcome of the study was training counterpart Tonga Power Limited (TPL) staff and providing planning tools and instructions so TPL can update the plan.
We have been contracted by the CSIRO to model, design, and specify a large PV and battery storage system to power the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia. The site has very strict radiofrequency emissions requirements, which affects the design of any electrical equipment being installed, posing significant design challenges to our engineering team.
We are proud to support the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI) in supporting the increased development and use of PV via research, analysis and information. For more information about APVI and PV technology in Australia, have a look at Australia's Bright Solar Future video.