Windlab and Eurus Energy’s Kennedy Energy Park in central north Queensland will be Australia’s first fully integrated wind, solar and battery project. CEFC committed AU$94 million as a sole debt financier for the project. The AU$160 million 60MW project near Hughenden will connect to the local grid, providing electricity to communities from Julia Creek to Charters Towers, more than 500 kilometres away.
The project includes 43.2 MW of wind, 15 MW (AC) of solar and 2 MW of battery storage and is expected to deliver lifetime emissions abatement of almost three million tonnes of CO2-e. The addition of the battery component will provide increased grid stability, allowing local communities to benefit from cheaper, cleaner electricity closer to the point of generation, with the added benefit of relieving demand on long transmission lines.