The South Australian government has opened tenders for the supply of 100 per cent of its electricity needs across all state government assets and operations. Image by Michael Dodd from Pixabay

TENDERS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES: Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes will be mentoring a new cohort of cleantech startups recruited as part of the Startmate Climate Cohort.

Startmate is an impact investment accelerator, and it’s currently seeking up to 10 new enterprises that have a business idea that can help address the climate crisis.

On offer is funding to enable founders to work full-time in getting their enterprise up and running, free workspace in Sydney or Melbourne, and time with mentors and climate-focused investors including Cannon-Brookes, Blackbird Ventures, Square Peg Capital, Airtree Ventures, Grok Ventures, Skip Capital.

“We are investors and we want to put the fast growth mechanics of venture capital to work in addressing this crisis,” Startmate chief executive James Tynan said.

“We also believe that businesses that have the ability to draw down carbon at scale have the potential to be the most valuable businesses in the world.”

He said they want to hear from founders looking at “everything from turbines to tropical forests and everything in between.”

Applications close 19 November 2019 – get the details here.

South Australia’s entire public sector energy supply out to tender

In what might well be the nation’s biggest single energy supply contract opportunity, the South Australian government has opened tenders for the supply of 100 per cent of its electricity needs across all state government assets and operations.

The government estimates its annual energy use as approximately 500 gigawatts per year. Its current energy supply agreement concludes in October 2020 with options to extend to 31 December 2021.

The new contract opportunity has arisen due to the demise of the Port Augusta solar thermal project, which had been expected to commence supplying the state’s needs on the expiry of the current energy supply agreement.

In addition to core requirements around a combination of fixed supply and dispatchable power and competitive cost and reliability, the tender documents also flag a strong interest in renewable technologies and innovative proposals with added value such as incorporating demand management, use of rooftop solar PV, batteries, co-generation plant and energy information management systems.

The government will assess the emissions intensity of the electricity portfolio offered by proponents, and also how emissions will be measured and how the proponent will deliver cleaner energy over the term of the contract.

The tender closes at 3pm Adelaide time 5 December 2019. Full details here.

BoM seeks solar for remote sites

Do you have a solar power system package that can be packed or unpacked in less than eight hours, be transported to a site over 1000 kilometres of unsealed roads, and installed without an electrician? If so, the Bureau of Meteorology might have an opportunity for you.

It currently has a tender open for the design, fabrication and delivery of Transportable Solar Hybrid Power Systems (SHPS) that can be deployed at its remote weather monitoring sites around Australia.

Initially, it will want one system installed at its Broadmeadows site for testing and verification over a 12 month period ahead of rollout to six or more sites over the next three to four years.

Technical requirements include an energy storage system with five days autonomy as part of the package, Clean Energy Council accreditation for all components, a ground-mounted solar PV array, Australian-based parts and service support, and provision of training for BoM staff on installation and maintenance.

Tender closes at 2pm 4 December 2019. Get the tender documents here.

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