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Vestas to build world’s largest hybrid renewable power system

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By Nick Flaherty


It is teaming up with Windlab in Australia to build the 60.2 MW first phase Kennedy Energy Park in central north Queensland, Australia. This will combine 43.2 MW of Vestas’ V136-3.6 MW wind turbines, 15 MW of solar and 2 MW/4 MWh Li Ion battery storage, all managed by a Vestas customised control system that will operate the hybrid power plant.

Windlab and Vestas will share the knowledge and experience from building and operating Kennedy Phase I through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. A consortium between Vestas and Quanta Services will deliver the engineering, procurement and construction of the project, which is expected to be in operation by the end of 2018.

“Kennedy Phase I is a first of its kind of project in Australia and it will lead the nation in the deployment of innovative, high reliability renewable energy capable of closely matching network power demand,” said Windlab CEO Roger Price.

The hybrid system will deliver a more constant and demand-driven energy production and increased capacity. The Vestas control system will provide the capability for wind and solar to work together as an integrated power plant and comply with grid requirements.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to join Windlab on this project, which places Vestas at the forefront of sustainable energy solutions and is a testament to how we are providing solutions that make renewable energy more cost-competitive and grid compliant. With 35 years of experience in meeting complex grid requirements and developing advanced power plant controllers, Vestas has the foundation to also lead the way in hybrid solutions,” said Johnny Thomsen, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Vestas.

“Hybrid solutions combining wind, solar and storage hold a huge potential for Australia. Kennedy Phase I has the potential to leverage Australia’s abundant renewable energy resources and be a giant leap forward for the country in reaping those resources while ensuring a consistent and reliable electricity supply. Kennedy shows that Vestas, together with visionary partners like Windlab, can provide the solutions,” said Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.

Vestas will also provide a 15-year management service agreement for the wind turbines as well as scheduled maintenance for the solar panels, battery storage and electrical systems.This project is planned to be the first phase of Windlab’s larger 1,200 MW Kennedy Energy Park.

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