May 21 (Renewables Now) - France-based energy company Neoen has secured development approval by the state of Queensland for an AUD-300-million (USD 225.4m/EUR 191.5m) wind-plus-battery storage project at Kaban.
Planning minister Cameron Dick said today the 29 turbines at the wind farm would have capacities of up to 5.5 MW and a maximum height of 240 metres, which could bring the total power close to 160 MW. Measures will be taken to limit the project’s impact on nearby houses, traffic and flora and fauna.
“This is yet another project to join our AUD 4.3 billion pipeline of renewable energy projects underway or financially committed,” said Minister for Energy Anthony Lynham.
The Kaban Green Power Hub will have 70 MW to 100 MW of energy storage capacity, Neoen has said previously. The total output of the park is expected to be enough to meet the needs of 57,000 local households.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Australia had almost 4.6 GW of wind capacity at the end of 2017, after adding 245 MW for the year. There are many projects currently in progress. Earlier this month it was announced that Neoen has started construction on the Bulgana Green Power Hub (BGPH), a project combining 194 MW of wind farm capacity and 20MW/34MWh of energy storage in Victoria.