Australia’s Northern Territory government backs massive solar-plus-storage project

first_imgAustralia’s Northern Territory government backs massive solar-plus-storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Plans to build the world’s largest solar plant in the Australia desert, and use it to help power Singapore, have taken a significant step forward after winning Major Project Status from the Northern Territory government.NT chief minister Michael Gunner said on Saturday that his government would begin negotiations on a Project Development Agreement with developer Sun Cable, to kickstart development of the proposed 10GW solar farm and 20-30GWh storage facility near Tennant Creek.Gunner said the PDA would provide the framework for Sun Cable and the NT government to progress the $20 billion Australia-Singapore Power Link through the required approvals processes – starting with an Environmental Impact Statement and a Territory Benefit Plan.As we have reported, the ASPL aims to supply renewable electricity to Darwin and Singapore via a high voltage direct current transmission – a plan first outlined by Beyond Zero Emissions last month, and which quickly attracted the attention of investment heavyweights including Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Grok Ventures.The NT government says integrating the huge solar farm into the developing ASEAN power grid will also be assessed in the detail during the development phase. There are also hopes that the resource can underpin local manufacturing and industry.More: NT government backs 10GW solar and storage plant, biggest in worldlast_img read more