Australia and the world’s largest solar project – utopiaurbana.city

What until a while ago seemed to be the sole responsibility of the private sector and some energy generating companies has begun to mutate rapidly. With the threat of climate change on their backs, the different governments of the world know that the determined promotion of specialized public policies on the matter is urgent.

We have already mentioned it in several articles in the case of Argentina, where some agreements have begun to be signed with multinational companies that want the country to become an exporter of green energy, with a focus on green hydrogen. Some of these examples are the agreement of the state company Energía Argentina (Enarsa) with the Port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) to supply a European supply of 4.6 million tons of green hydrogen or the memorandum of the Mendoza company specialized in energy IMPSA with Australian investors seeking to develop wind energy in their country.

In a similar logic, but oriented towards solar energy, is the Australian government, to consolidate a strategy that redefines its national energy matrix, for which it has allied with some of the richest men in the country to carry out an energy project green.

It’s about a Sun Cab Australia-Asia PowerLink Solar Projectle that has been approved, after a series of twists and turns by the government agency Infrastructure Australia, which enables it to go to stage 3, or better said “ready for investment”.

This initiative will funding from two other government agencies such as the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Northern Australian Infrastructure Agency (NAIF)who welcome the possibility of making a profit in the not too distant future.

Its about largest solar energy and battery storage project on the planet, which seeks to export part of its production to Singapore, some 5,000 km away with a budget of more than 19.7 billion.

In a statement from the sun cable companysigned by its founder and CEO David Griffin, celebrated: “Infrastructure Australia’s announcement affirms that AAPowerLink is economically viable and will deliver significant benefits to Australia and our region”.

In addition, he assured: “AAPowerLink will enable a stronger long-term economy and stimulate greater capacity and skills in the construction and technology sectors as a result of jobs and training over the life of the project, and pave the way for them to establish and new green industries thrive.”

Sun Cable’s intention is to be able to sign this agreement with state-owned companies to obtain the first stage of financing and start construction of the works by the beginning of 2024. They estimate that, in case of reaching the agreed pact, they will be able to send electricity in 2027 to Darwin (in the Australian north) and export to Singapore in 2029.

It is a installation with large-scale 20 GW solar power generators and up to 42 GWh in battery storage capacity to be later exported through an 800 MW aerial transmission (Darwin case) or via a 4,000 km long underwater cable to Singapore.

It is estimated that this project gIt will create some 14,000 jobs and boost power generation throughout the country and even in the region. On the other hand, specialists also expect that there will be an impact on society, as it is one of the most important agreements of recent times in terms of sustainability.

In times where energy generation mainly involves the extraction of fossil fuels such as gas or oil, the need for a short transition becomes increasingly urgent. After what was agreed both in the Paris Agreement of 2015 and in the COP 26 Summit in Glasgow at the end of 2021, governments must accelerate the transition to alternative and renewable energies.

In this context, Australia has been at the forefront since the arrival of the new decade, signing various agreements with companies from around the world to speed up this new regional energy matrix.

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