Neoen proposes massive renewables hub in S Australia

Solar panels. Photo by: Neoen (www.neoen.com).

September 11 (Renewables Now) - The Aussie unit of French renewables developer Neoen has proposed to build a huge power complex in South Australia that will include up to 1,200 MW of wind, 600 MW of solar and 900 MW of battery storage capacity.

Plans for the Goyder South project were unveiled by the state’s Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan on Wednesday. According to the statement, the viability of the proposal depends on the planned AUD-1.5-billion (USD 1.03bn/EUR 933m) interconnector between Robertstown in South Australia and Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, with a connection into Victoria, which is being developed by transmission network operators TransGrid and ElectraNet.

While no official information has been provided for the first stage of Neoen’s project, the delivery of the second and third stages will be dependent on the completion of the SA-NSW interconnector. Four more large-scale PV farms will use the new facility, which is expected to deliver an average AUD 66 in annual savings to households, the government said.

ReNew Economy reports that the first phase of the Goyder South project will cost around AUD 1 billion and add about one third of the overall capacity, with construction likely to be launched this year.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.687/EUR 0.622)

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