The Growth and Low Carbon (GLC) division is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of the South Australian government’s major energy initiatives. It directly supports the Department’s intent to deliver affordable, reliable, and secure energy through the transition of Australia’s energy network.
GLC works across future industries, clean energy, the modern energy system, and transformational industrial projects.
Leading the green economy
South Australia's leadership in transitioning its energy system, abundant natural resources, skilled workforce and research sector provide a strong base from which to transform its economy and achieve its twin goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
South Australia's clean energy transformation
Hear how South Australia has placed itself among world leaders in the transition to renewable energy in the UK's BBC radio podcast 'The South Australian miracle' (5 May 2021)
More about South Australia's clean energy transformation can be found in the Clean Energy Transformation (PDF 3.1 MB) presentation given by Nick Smith, Executive Director, Growth and Low Carbon Division (April 2021).
Key programs being designed or delivered by the Growth and Low Carbon team include:
- $100 million Home Battery Scheme
- $50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund
- $150 million Renewable Technology Fund
- South Australia’s virtual power plant
- South Australian Government electricity load
- South Australia's Electric Vehicle Plan
- A market process to lease the emergency generators located at Lonsdale and Elizabeth is now finalised with 25 year contracts now in place with Infigen Energy and Nexif Energy. Throughout this process we have actively engaged with the community, as detailed in our 2019 Community Engagement Plan (PDF 510 KB). This plan satisfies the conditions of the licence granted by the Environment Protection Authority. Residents near the Lonsdale and Elizabeth sites have been notified of the market process, and we are committed to provide further updates on the status of the project as available.
Renewable resources - focus areas
The Growth and Low Carbon team also play a vital role in ensuring that South Australia’s rich endowment of renewable resources, combined with the government’s major investment in renewable energy projects, is leveraged to establish and grow significant new industries, provide opportunities to new and existing local suppliers, and support the creation of new, sustainable jobs within the state. Areas of focus include:
- large scale renewable energy generation and storage, such as wind, solar thermal, solar PV, bioenergy, battery, pumped hydro and thermal storage
- demand-side energy such as rooftop solar, bioenergy, distributed storage, energy efficiency and demand management
- hydrogen production, use and export, including the Hydrogen Export Modelling Tool and Prospectus
- zero emission vehicles including vehicle uptake and investment in charging and refuelling infrastructure
- supply chain development of low carbon technologies (including a battery focus)
- research and industry partnerships in low carbon technologies.
You can find more information at Renewables SA
Transformational industrial projects
- Transformation of the Port Pirie smelter
- Transformation of Whyalla Steelworks
- Olympic Dam mine expansion
- Lease termination of the Mintabie Township