Bright ideas needed for alternative energy generation on the Coast
  • Friday 12 February 2010

Sunshine Coast Council is calling for expressions of interest from companies that can deliver sustainable alternatives for the supply, conservation and use of electricity and transport fuels in the region.

This is an opportunity for interested parties to present their capabilities in providing systems and/or infrastructure that will achieve alternative, sustainable energy generation and consumption outcomes for the Sunshine Coast.

Environment Portfolio councillor Keryn Jones said that this EOI will help council realise its vision for a sustainable future.

“The Coast is already well known for its wonderful lifestyle and climate, and council has made a commitment to carefully manage the future growth of the region,” Cr Jones said.

“A critical aspect of sustainability is how the council sources, conserves, and uses energy, in particular, electricity and transport fuels in the region.

“These forms of energy are currently provided by conventional methods and council is looking for expressions of interest from companies, agencies, and other entities that can deliver sustainable alternatives for providing, conserving, and using this energy.”

Economic Development Portfolio councillor Lew Brennan said the EOI would also provide an opportunity to diversify the Coast’s economy.

“As part of this EOI, council is seeking energy alternatives that will stimulate secondary economies in the region,” Cr Brennan said.

“These may include research and development, and the manufacture, installation, operation, and management of renewable energy generation, conservation, and consumption infrastructure locally on the Sunshine Coast.”

The key areas of interest include embedded renewable and clean electricity generation, energy efficiency and intelligent grid technologies, demand-side management opportunities, modification of peak electricity demand, alternative transport fuels production in the region and transport fuel efficiency technologies.

Visit the Sunshine Coast Council’s website for more information on the EOI.

Expression of interest close at 12 noon, Tuesday 16 March 2010.