The $600 million Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park is a hybrid wind-solar project which will be completed in two stages. The first stage will comprise of approximately 220MW of wind power as well as 150MW of solar power. Stage 2 will include an additional 300MW solar capacity and a 400MW battery storage capacity.
For Stage 1, Vestas will supply the wind turbines and control systems while Downer will provide solar energy components.
Once the energy park is completed, it is expected to generate up to 1,000GWh of electricity annually – enough to power approximately 200,000 South Australian homes each year.
“A critically important component of our power station is the thermal wind generation capacity.
“The wind farm will be producing at maximum strength at the peak of local electricity demand. This will be further complemented by high levels of solar power generation,” DP Energy CEO Simon De Pietro said.
Source: DP Energy
Work is set to commence in the second quarter of 2018, with an estimated 250 jobs to be created during the construction phase and peaking to about 600 jobs at the height of the development.
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