A new renewable energy project in Australia aims to prove what is possible when you combine wind and solar power with energy storage in one great hybrid project. Called the Kennedy Energy Park, it will be the first of its kind in Australia and with the energy storage component will be able to smooth out the inconsistencies of wind and solar power and meet the average network demand.
The energy park will feature 43.2 MW of wind power, 15 MW of tracking solar power and 4 MWh of lithium-ion battery storage. To achieve the wind power capacity, the park will consist of 12 Vestas 3.6 MW turbines, which will be the largest wind turbines installed in Australia so far.
The energy storage will be Tesla's already-famous grid-level storage system. As you'll recall, Elon Musk offered last year to help solve Australia's duck curve problem with Tesla's giant batteries. It looks like developers took him seriously.
The project will be located in North Queensland, which is blessed with both rich wind and solar resources. Construction will take about a year and it should be fully online by the end of 2018. The park is expected to produce 210,000 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power 35,000 homes.
Kennedy Energy Park is actually just phase one for a much larger, $2 billion renewable energy project planned for the area. The second phase will add 1,200 MW of wind energy and will create a massive renewable energy precinct in Queensland. With this project, the state is getting close to meeting 50 percent of its energy demands with renewable sources.