DP Energy to build Australia’s largest hybrid renewable power station
The power station will be fuelled by a combination of wind and solar power, with wind-energy leader Vestas selected as the preferred supplier for the wind turbines and engineering firm Downer the solar energy component.
Vestas will also be responsible for the control system to integrate the energy production of the solar and wind energy components.
The Energy Park is scheduled to be completed in two stages with the first stage delivering a 375 megawatt (MW) facility, comprising around 220MW of wind power and 150MW of solar power.
Stage 2 includes additional solar capacity as well as battery storage capacity of nominally 300MW and 400MW respectively.
Once complete the power station will connect to the national electricity network via the nearby Davenport substation and is projected to produce 1,000 gigawatthour (GWh) per annum.
This is enough to power 200,000 South Australian households each year, with an emissions saving of approximately 470,000 metric tonnes of CO2 annually.
Established more than 20 years ago, Irish-based DP Energy has successfully completed 13 renewable energy projects around the world with another eight currently under development.
The projects variously incorporate wind, solar and tidal energy technologies, with Port Augusta selected as the site for the first hybrid renewable facility due to the region’s unique wind profile and consistently strong solar resource. ■