French renewables developer Neoen is on Wednesday and Thursday presenting its Crystal Brook Energy Park project, which combines wind, solar and storage, at the South Australian Planning Commission, to the State Commission Assessment Panel.
The project includes up to 125 MW of wind capacity, up to 150 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, up to 130 MW/400 MWh of battery storage, as well as up to 50 MW of hydrogen production, which is pending feasibility study.
The developer has reduced the number of turbines from the original proposal to 26 now. “In direct response to feedback from the local community and Port Pirie Council, Neoen has reduced the number of wind turbines proposed by more than 50% to ensure a generous development buffer between the project and the Flinders Ranges,” Franck Woitiez, managing director of Neoen Australia, said in a statement.
Woitiez added that the development represents a potential investment of AUD 500 million (USD 355m/EUR 309m) in South Australia and will create more than 200 construction and around a dozen permanent jobs. The project will also establish a community fund of AUD 80,000 per year once completed.