Delays hamper commissioning of 60-MW Aussie wind-solar-storage hub

Kennedy project. Source: Windlab (www.kennedyenergypark.com.au).

August 22 (Renewables Now) - The commissioning of the Kennedy Energy Park in North Queensland, which combines wind, solar and energy storage technologies, will be delayed by almost two years, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) announced.

Dealing a major blow to developers Windlab Ltd (ASX:WND) and Japan's Eurus Energy Holdings Corp, AEMO said in a note on Wednesday the commercial operation date of the complex will be moved from August 2019 to July 2021 “due to project status,” without elaborating further. A week earlier, Windlab still expected the project to be registered as a generator in September and fully commissioned in the last quarter of 2019.

“Windlab was not consulted by AEMO about this assumption and is not aware of the basis on which AEMO arrived at this assumption,” the Canberra-based developer said in a bourse statement. It added it will advise AEMO that the delivered assumptions are “too conservative.”

The Kennedy complex, including 43.2 MW of wind, 15 MW of solar and 2 MW/4 MWh of Tesla battery storage, started generating power this month, operating under a 5-MW export limit. Although it was completed at end-2018, its grid-connection was delayed due to new generation performance standards.

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