Over the past three years, the ATA has been a significant contributor to renewable energy policy development in most states and at the national level. In particular, ATA has been involved in the development of:
– the design of the Victorian Government’s premium feed-in tariff;
– feed-in tariffs in South and Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT;
– the changes to the ‘enhanced’ Renewable Energy Target (pre and post August 2009, when the 20% target was first legislated);
– the Victorian Government’s Climate Change White Paper.
ATA is also represented on the Minister’s Medium Scale Solar Working Group for this project. As such, ATA has developed a sound understanding of the current state of play of renewable energy policy in Australia, including the opportunities presented by various technology types and scales, potential investors and policy alternatives.
Given the development of policy and projects at both the small scale (sub 5kW – 10kW) and large scale (>5MW), the ATA sees a niche opportunity for the development of renewable energy projects in the currently undefined ‘medium scale’ space.