Renewable energy giant Neoen has unveiled plans for a major hybrid power plant in Australia, featuring 1200MW of wind, 600MW of solar and 900MW of battery storage, named the Goyder South project.
The Goyder South project is proposed to be built in South Australia’s mid north region near Burra, close to the proposed 330kV project Energy Connect, a 900km high-voltage transmission line linking South Australia with New South Wales.
The Goyder South Project is planned to be built in stages: the first to include a third of the wind, solar and storage capacity, with the remaining two stages dependent on Energy Connect.
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The first stage is estimated to cost around $1 billion.
South Australia currently only has interconnection with Victoria, making it vulnerable to supply shortages.
South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said Neoen’s Goyder South project highlighted the importance of the SA-NSW interconnector.
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“The $1.5 billion SA-NSW interconnector will provide a freeway for renewable energy from South Australia to the eastern seaboard, enabling huge renewables projects such as Goyder South to turn South Australia into an energy powerhouse,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.
“Four more large solar farms worth billions of dollars are also planned along the interconnector route which runs from Robertstown in SA’s Mid North and Wagga Wagga in NSW.”
Neoeon owns the Hornsdale Power Reserve, a project widely deemed a huge renewable energy success story.