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CEC: Australian Wind and Solar Investment Slows in Q2, Energy Storage Booms

cec renewable proj report q2 2023

The global shift towards sustainable and renewable energy sources has gained significant momentum in recent years, with countries worldwide striving to reduce their carbon emissions and transition to cleaner energy alternatives. Australia, known for its vast natural resources and abundant renewable energy potential, has been a frontrunner in adopting and promoting clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy Council, a prominent industry body in Australia, regularly releases its Renewable Projects Quarterly Report, which provides valuable insights into the current state and progress of the nation’s renewable energy sector, such as Australian wind and solar projects, especially in solar battery storage investments.

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Key findings of the CEC renewable projects report

Key findings of the CEC renewable projects report

The Clean Energy Council’s Renewable Projects Quarterly Report Q2 2023 shows that investment in energy storage projects in Australia has reached record levels, while investment in generation projects has slowed.

New investment in big batteries smashes records in Australia

In Q2 2023, $2 billion worth of storage and hybrid projects reached financial commitment, breaking the billion-dollar barrier for the first time. This was an increase of $512.5 million (+236 per cent) compared to the previous quarter.

All three large-scale storage projects that reached financial commitment during the quarter received funding or concessional financing from a government body. This suggests that government support is key in driving investment in energy storage in Australia.

The strong investment in energy storage is being driven by a number of factors, including the increasing intermittency of renewable energy generation, the need to improve grid stability, and the growing demand for batteries for electric vehicles.

energy storage project chart

This investment boom is being driven by a number of factors, including:

  • The increasing cost-competitiveness of battery storage technology
  • The growing need for grid stability and flexibility as more renewable energy is added to the grid
  • The increasing demand for battery storage from businesses and households
cec energy storage

Lowest total generation capacity for the first half

Despite the strong investment in energy storage, investment in generation projects has slowed in recent quarters. In Q2 2023, only four generation projects reached financial commitment, totalling 348 MW of generation capacity. This is 50 per cent below the rolling 12-month quarterly average (on a capacity basis) of 699 MW.

The slowdown in investment in generation projects is being attributed to a number of factors, including the rising cost of renewable energy projects, the uncertainty surrounding the future of the National Electricity Market, and the need for clear policy support from the federal government.

Solar projects go from the financial commitment to the final commissioned stage in 6.2 months, a shorter time than wind projects. South Australia tops all other states regarding solar and wind project commissioning, which takes an average of 15.6 and 21.3 months, respectively.

construction energy storage projects by state

The Clean Energy Council calls on the federal government to provide more certainty for the renewable energy sector by implementing clear and stable policies. The Council also calls for increased energy storage investment, which is essential to a reliable and affordable renewable energy future.

Quotes attributable to the Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton

“These challenges make final investment decisions for large scale renewables projects more difficult and include under-investment in transmission, grid connection challenges, inconsistent planning policies, constraints in supply chains and workforce as Australia competes with global leaders that are all accelerating their demand for renewable energy.

“There is an enormous pipeline of renewable energy projects in Australia, but investors are swamped with global opportunity at a time when these barriers make Australian projects less attractive.

“The critical development needed to achieve 82 per cent renewable generation by 2030 is not guaranteed unless we target the obstacles currently creating investment uncertainty for new energy generation.”

Some additional key findings from the report

  • According to the project pipeline, five generation and storage projects started construction in Q2. In Q2, a total of nine projects with a combined investment of $1.3 billion reached the final commissioned stage.
  • Four generation projects totalling 348 MW gained financial commitment in the third quarter, with the Ardandra Storage and Solar Project in Queensland being the largest.
  • The states with the most investment in renewable energy projects in the quarter were New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia.
  • The report’s findings suggest that Australia is progressing towards its renewable energy targets, but more must be done to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.

Q2 2023 Project Tracker

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Q2 2023 PROJECT TRACKER table2

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The Australian renewable energy sector is still growing and adapting to the changing solar energy landscape

The Clean Energy Council’s Q2 2023 Renewable Projects Quarterly Report shows that investment in energy storage projects has reached record levels. Storage projects can help to balance the grid and make it more reliable, and they are essential for integrating large amounts of variable renewable energy like solar and wind power.

However, the slowdown in investment in generation projects is a cause for concern, and it is important for the Federal Government to provide clear and stable policy settings to support the continued growth of the sector.

The report’s findings suggest that the Australian renewable energy sector is still growing, albeit slower than in previous years. The increase in investment in storage projects is a positive sign, as it shows that the industry is adapting to the changing solar energy landscape.

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