Neoen Australia completes USD-253m wind-plus-storage project

Australian wind farm. Author: Steven Caddy. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

December 29 (Renewables Now) - French renewable power producer Neoen SA (EPA:NEOEN) has achieved full-scale commercial operations of the AUD-350-million (USD 253m/EUR 224m) Bulgana Green Power Hub in the Australian state of Victoria.

Located in Stawell, the hub comprises a 204-MW wind farm of 56 turbines and a 20-MW/34-MWh Tesla battery for energy storage. It can produce about 750,000 MWh of electricity per year, which equals the annual power consumption of some 150,000 homes.

The facility has a 15-year support agreement with the state government. While contributing towards achieving the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) of 50% by 2030, the project will also generate AUD 40.6 million in annual benefits for the local economy.

“This is a major step forward for our Victorian asset portfolio, taking it to 652 MW with a well-balanced combination of wind, solar and battery storage,” said Louis de Sambucy, managing director of Neoen Australia.

In addition to Bulgana, Neoen owns the 128-MWp Numurkah solar farm and the 300-MW/450-MWh Victorian Big Battery in the state of Victoria, and is also developing over 2 GW of projects across the state.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.723/EUR 0.641)

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