Renewable energy project a first of its kind in Queensland

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LGI Limited (LGI) is helping the Queensland Government supercharge the renewable energy revolution, by launching a Queensland first at Moreton Bay.

The project will involve renewable energy generated from landfill biogas stored and dispatched from an onsite battery into the local distribution power grid.

The carbon-cutting collaboration between LGI and City of Moreton Bay at council’s Bunya Waste Management Facility is set to deliver environmental outcomes and feature a battery energy storage system.

To date, the partnership, which encompasses three landfill sites, has enabled LGI to reduce Moreton Bay City Council’s carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by more than 1.25 million tonnes, which is the equivalent of planting 20.9 million seedlings for the next decade.

Over the past eight years, more than 132 million cubic metres of biogas has been captured at the Bunya, Dakabin and Caboolture waste management facilities in Moreton Bay, with 198 GWh of renewable energy generated. The three power projects developed and operated by LGI have the capacity to produce enough renewable energy to power 10,000 local homes each year.

LGI recovers biogas from landfill, reduces methane emissions and helps councils achieve their ambitious emissions reductions targets. This abatement approach is measurable, immediate and irreversible and produces high-integrity Australian Carbon Credit Units.

LGI Chief Executive Officer, Jarryd Doran said the introduction of Queensland’s first onsite battery storage connected to a power station using biogas from the landfill is a game changer for the sector.

“We expect the National Energy Market to continue its current trend of increasing volatility, with negative prices during the day and high to extreme pricing during periods of high demand,” Doran said.

“The market needs clean, reliable, affordable power. LGI can now generate and store or dispatch and distribute renewable energy in seconds from the Bunya Waste Management Facility when, and where it is needed. The supply of consistent and dispatchable renewable power into the local grid helps stabilise the local electricity system.

“The Queensland first complements the intermittent forms of renewables, including wind and solar. The renewable power generated from biogas and distributed from the Bunya Waste Management Facility is also available 24/7.”

Doran said the onsite battery milestone has been two years in the making and is an extension of the Bunya Renewable Power Station LGI built in 2018.

The success of the project will allow LGI to explore a rollout of onsite batteries at other renewable energy sites in Moreton Bay, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gladstone, Maryborough and in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

City of Moreton Bay Mayor, Peter Flannery said council was looking to work with green technology industry leaders to preserve the environment, while delivering benefits to ratepayers.

“With the addition of a Tesla Megapack battery at our Bunya Waste Management Facility, we’re able to control the flow of that energy into the grid to create a more stable power supply during peak times,” Flannery said.

“It also creates a new income stream for council, which allows us to invest more into our community. We’ll also continue to invest more into our waste management services and recycling education programs.

“Green technology like this is a win-win for both the environment and ratepayers.”

LGI’s partnership with City of Moreton Bay is at no cost to local ratepayers. Council receive a percentage of power station revenue and ACCUs from the projects. To date the three projects have created about 500,000 ACCUs.

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