January 29 (Renewables Now) - All state and federal approvals have been secured for a hybrid solar-wind project in Western Australia, developer Lacour Energy said today as it gears to start construction in late 2019.
The latest milestone achieved by the Aussie firm is the federal government approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). The developer will now work to reach a final investment decision on the AUD-250-million (USD 179.1m/EUR 156.6m) scheme through 2019.
The so-called Kondinin project, which will likely include battery storage, will consist of 46 Goldwind turbines and 50 MW of photovoltaic (PV) panels. Once up and running, it will be able to generate electricity for over 100,000 local homes each year, covering about 3% of Western Australia’s demand.
Goldwind Australia, the Aussie unit of Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology (HKG:2208), will be in charge of construction works. According to the project’s website, building activities will take 18-24 months.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.716/EUR 0.626)