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Feds, ACT and WA all looking for greener pastures (houses and energy)

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TENDERS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITY: If your business is in the renewables and sustainability field you might be surprised and interested to learn that one of your biggest customers from February next year just might be the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy. That’s if you are successful in a new tender the department has just issued.

The department wants contenders to have demonstrated experience in smart grid technologies; EV charging infrastructure, technology and business models; grid security solutions that can support high levels of renewable energy penetration ); and, market development and reform in domestic and international energy, energy efficiency and/or resources sectors.

Potential agencies you could be working for include ARENA, the Bureau of Meteorology, Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Clean Energy Regulator, Climate Change Authority, Director of National Parks, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

If the experience requirements in the tender documents are any indication, we can look forward to policy development and research in large-scale and small scale storage technology including hydrogen, pumped hydro, battery storage, compressed air storage and advanced concentrating solar technologies.

The tender, closing 2pm, 9 December, aims to find a range of service providers who can help with:

  • policy, technical and strategic advice and services; research and analysis; industry, consumer advice and liaison; and industry training and facilitation
  • compliance monitoring and evaluation and auditing
  • emergency preparedness, and response
  • appliance and equipment energy efficiency and rating
  • building energy modelling, rating, compliance and auditing

Agreements for services are expected to be for three years, starting in February, with an option to extend for a further two years.Get the details of how to lodge your tender here

ACT wants builders to show people how green’s done

If you’re in the building game and can demonstrate high sustainability outcomes a new tender in the ACT could be just the thing.

The ACT government’s Suburban Land Agency estate at Whitlam near the Molonglo River is currently taking expressions of interest from builders for up to 14 display homes – and the design requirements will raise the bar right and well beyond National Construction Code’s business-as-usual.

The homes will need to achieve a minimum of 7 Star NatHERS, have solar PV, solar or heat pump hot water, energy storage batteries, rainwater harvested for non-potable home uses, grey water re-use, light-coloured roofs, all-electric systems, EV charging, double-glazing, permeable driveways and design and execution that achieves Liveable Gold Standard for accessibility.

Each home will also have to have its air tightness verified by an air pressure test performed by a certified member of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association of Australia.

The opportunity is to showcase builders’ skills and products to buyers.

Stage one is to launch in November next year with an opportunity to go into a ballot for 90 lots of the first stage release. This initial stage comprises more than 500 residential detached dwelling blocks and several small-scale multi-residential blocks in addition to open spaces and the community hub.

On full completion by the mid-2020s, the ACT government expects Whitlam will have a population of around 5000 people and 2100 homes. In addition to the call-out for builders, the SLA is seeking partner industry organisations.

EOIs for both Stage 1 display home builders and industry partners close 2pm Act time, Thursday November 21, 2019.

Register your interest here.

A second tender is also open for Whitlam’s Stage 2A civil and landscaping works which closes on Tuesday 3 December at 2pm ACT time. Details here.

Two innovative green energy projects in Western Australia

In WA there are two interesting tenders opening up in renewables, with one an excellent opportunity if you’re big on hydrogen

One is in Horizon’s Power’s Denham Hydrogen Demonstration Plant in regional WA, and the other is a full box-and-dice solar package for Murdoch University.

The Horizon Power project is calling for expressions of interest to test the suitability and capability of hydrogen as a renewable source for electricity generation in regional parts of the state. The initial scope will probably involve providing a firm supply equivalent to the load of 100 households.

The EOI is scheduled to be published on Tenders WA on 25 November 2019.

If it all goes well, the company might expand the project or replicate it in other regions.

Register your interest by completing the form  here by 5pm WA time, this Wednesday, 20 November 2019.

The Murdoch University tender is for a long-term contract to design, supply, install, operate and maintain a 5.7 megawatt solar PV array and related technologies to make the campus at South Street in Perth more energy independent and generate new research and innovation possibilities.

The proposal for this first stage of the university’s District Energy Precinct incorporates both rooftop PV and a solar PV carpark, a smart grid, 200 KwH of battery storage, a “living lab” research component, and potential blockchain trading of energy to the wider community.

Tender closes at 10am WA time, Thursday 12 December 2019. Get the details here.

Have a tip, like who won a recent tender, or a private sector tender coming up? Send a note to willow@thefifthestate.com.au

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