January 18 (Renewables Now) - Australian renewable project developer Lacour Energy is seeking approval for an 800-MW wind farm in Queensland as part of a 1,000-MW hybrid renewable scheme that will potentially be backed by battery storage.
The company has filed a development application with the state and federal governments in November and expects a decision by May, the Daily Mercury reports. Should approval be granted within that time frame, construction could be initiated at the beginning of next year.
The Clarke Creek project envisages the construction of an AUD-800-million (USD 637m/EUR 523m) wind farm using between 150 and 200 turbines with a total capacity of 800 MW, co-located with a photovoltaic (PV) park of at least 200 MW. The wind turbines will be installed on the mountain range in the Isaac Shire and Livingstone Shire areas.
Plans for an energy storage facility are also included in the proposal.
The proposal is currently open for public comment.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.796/EUR 0.653)