South Australia’s 100% renewables target in sight after transmission line approval

South Australia’s ambition to hit net 100% renewables within a decade has been boosted by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) approving the business case for a major new transmission line linking the state and New South Wales.

The AER approved the regulatory investment test for the US$1.5 billion 900 km Project EnergyConnect transmission line proposed between Robertstown in SA and Wagga Wagga in NSW.

The South Australian government welcomed the news, calling the transmission line the ‘foundation piece’ of its net 100% renewables plan by 2030.

The new interconnector is critical for the development of more than 5,000MW of wind, solar and storage plants in SA and in NSW, including large projects such as Neoen’s Goyder project mixing wind, solar and storage.

“This project will unlock huge new renewable energy zones in South Australia and NSW with the Australian Energy Market Operator reporting there are more than 5000MWs of planned renewable energy projects in close proximity to the interconnector,” South Australia energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.

“South Australia is determined to be a good global citizen, and become a net exporter of renewable energy as part of our aspiration of net 100% renewables in the 2030s.”