Construction begins on $160m Kennedy Park Energy in Australia

WCN Editorial Team 14 Dec 2017 OCEANIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Construction has commenced on the new $160m Kennedy Park Energy, which is being developed by Australian energy company, Windlab.

Located near Hughenden in north-west Queensland, the project is touted to be the world’s first wind, solar and energy storage facility.

Windlab, along with its equity partner Eurus Energy Holding of Japan, will own the project that will feature 56,000 solar panels and 12 Vestas V136, 3.6MW wind turbines.

Kennedy Park Energy will have a maximum generating capacity of 60MW of renewable energy, 43MW from wind, 15MW from solar and two from Li Ion storage batteries.

Upon completion, the wind farm is expected to produce about 210,000MWh of power per year, which is enough power to supply more than 35,000 average homes in Australia.

Work on the Kennedy Energy Park will last for about 12 months and is expected to be connected to the network by late 2018.

Windlab’s executive chairman and CEO Roger Price said: “The Hughenden site has an excellent solar irradiation pattern and exceptional complementary wind resources which continue to blow at night making it ideal for a hybrid renewable energy project. The matching of wind and solar will be vital for Queensland in achieving it 50% renewable energy target by 2030.”

Price added: “This is the first stage of what is likely to become a multibillion-dollar investment program in and around Hughenden as this region becomes Australia’s leading renewable energy location with the completion of Queensland’s Clean Energy Hub, with “Big Kennedy” at its centre.

“Big Kennedy is the second phase of the overall project and will provide up to 1,200 megawatts of wind energy and is a central component of the Queensland Government’s Powering North Queensland Plan. Big Kennedy will be critical in balancing Queensland’s solar generation as the state moves towards fifty percent renewable energy capacity.”

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