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South Australia approves plans for massive hybrid wind, solar and storage project

Renew Economy:

The South Australia government has given planning approval for the massive $3 billion Goyder South wind, solar and battery storage project that will help propel the state towards and beyond the state Liberal government’s target of “net” 100 per cent renewables.

Goyder South, being developed by French renewable group Neoen, which already operates the Hornsdale wind farm and the adjacent Hornsdale big battery, will feature up to 1200MW of wind energy, 600MW of solar, and up to 900MW of battery capacity, with likely two hours of storage (1,800MWh).

State energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the project, located near Burra, would create hundreds of jobs and was a key reason why the government was keen to build the new transmission link from South Australia to NSW.

Van Holst Pellekaan also noted that the announced early closure of the Yallourn brown coal fired power station in Victoria presented a big opportunity for SA to stamp itself as an exporter of firmed renewable power. “The closure of coal-fired generators interstate will continue and is one of the reasons to increase interconnection, so we can export more of our renewable energy into other states.”

Goyder South has already landed a long term supply contract with the ACT government for a 100MW wind component, delivering a record low price of $44.97 per MWh, and because it is a fixed price over the term of the contract, translates into a price of around $35/MWh today.

Neoen hopes to begin construction of the first stage of the project, which will total up to 400MW, in the second half of 2022.

[Giles Parkinson]

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