Construction imminent on major solar-wind-storage hybrid plant in Queensland
Construction on Australia’s first utility-scale wind, solar and energy storage hybrid project to be connected to the national grid is about to start near Hughenden in northwest Queensland.
Australian developer Windlab put out a similar release in October, but construction on the roughly 60MW plant is now due to start today. The project is owned by Windlab and its equity partner Eurus Energy Holding Corporation of Japan.
The innovative AU$160 million Kennedy Park Energy will take around 12 months to construct and is expected to be completed and start feeding clean energy into the network by late 2018, according to Windlab’s executive chairman and chief executive Roger Price.
He added: “This is an industry first that will produce and feed clean renewable energy into the grid with much greater consistency and reliability from a combination of solar, wind and battery storage. It’s also an important and valuable demonstration of how renewable energy can be used to cost effectively meet most network demand for power – day and night. We believe that this style of hybrid configuration will be increasingly used, particularly in remote locations and emerging markets, as the world transitions to a clean energy future. We are excited about the opportunities that the expertise gained from this pioneering project will present as we seek to replicate it across selected locations in Australia and Southern Africa.”
The park includes 43MW of wind, 15MW of solar on single-axis trackers, and two lithium-ion batteries.