Surge in wind, solar and battery projects

The pipeline of solar, wind and battery storage projects in Australia has surged to record levels with double the capacity added in the first two months of 2019 from the same period last year, in a boost likely to add to congestion concerns in parts of the electricity grid.

The Australian is reporting some 6650 megawatts of new capacity was announced in January and February, propelling the nation’s potential renewable output to 100,000 megawatts including already installed green generation — nearly double the current capacity of the national electricity market — according to consultancy Rystad Energy.

Some 2900MW of solar was added in January and February led by Queensland and South Australia while nearly half of last year’s battery storage total was added in the two-months boosting the 2018 storage pipeline by a quarter.

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