Work has officially commenced on the 212MW Lincoln Gap Wind Farm and 10MW battery storage project in South Australia. The wind farm and storage project become the latest addition to the growing number of new renewable energy and storage developments situated in the industrial centres of Port Augusta and Whyalla.
Nexif Energy, an independent power producer, officially inaugurated its $450-million Lincoln Gap project near Port Augusta during a visit by Premier Jay Weatherill, who has been going to various areas in the state to highlight the huge investments and developments in the renewable energy sector.
A report published on RenewEconomy’s website indicated that Premier Weatherill officially opened a 6MW solar farm near Whyalla and an office in Port Augusta for the US firm SolarReserve. SolarReserve is set to establish a 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage facility in Australia.
The Lincoln Gap project aims to add 10MW of battery storage first then necessarily lift the amount of storage depending on the outcome of the suggested rule changes that could boost storage into the energy grid.
The Founder and Co-CEO of Nexif Energy, Matthew Bartley, stated, “We are delighted to be bringing this long-planned project to fruition. Nexif Energy is committed to building something which will make a significant contribution to the renewable energy target while helping grid stability and reliability in South Australia.”
The Lincoln Gap Wind Farm will have up to 59 Senvion wind turbines, installed on farmland on a raised plateau next to Eyre Highway. The project is anticipated to be commissioned in late 2018. The approximate construction workforce will be around 110 to 130 people, with over 50 percent hired from South Australia.
According to Weatherill, South Australia is now known in the world for its leadership in renewable energy and added, “It’s great companies like Nexif Energy are choosing to invest in our great state.”
“This is also an exciting development for Port Augusta, which is moving beyond its past as a coal town to a clean renewable energy future,” he further said.
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