Construction begins on Neoen’s 412MW Goyder South wind farm

wind energy (Goyder South)

Neoen has officially launched its flagship Goyder Renewables Zone project in South Australia, with construction commencing on the 412MW wind farm known as Goyder South Stage 1.

The wind farm will consist of 75 GE 5.5-158 Cypress turbines and the power plant will be connected to ElectraNet’s Robertstown substation via a new transmission line. Early works have commenced, and with supplementary approvals finalised, major construction works are scheduled to start in Q2 2022. The wind farm is expected to be operational in 2024.

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Neoen intends to sell a significant volume of the energy generated under long-term power purchase agreements and has already secured a 14-year contract with the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government for 100MW.

This is the fourth ACT renewable energy contract awarded to Neoen. As part of this winning bid, Neoen committed to build a large-scale battery in the ACT outside of the Goyder Renewables Zone, and construction of this 100MW Capital Battery commenced in December.

Goyder South Stage 1 is the first part of Neoen’s Goyder Renewables Zone, a flagship project combining wind, solar and storage, located near Burra in South Australia’s mid-north region. Goyder South has received development approval for a total of 1200MW of wind generation, 600MW of solar generation and 900MW of battery storage capacity, making it the State’s largest renewable project.

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Future stages of the project will be unlocked with the arrival of Project EnergyConnect, the new 800MW transmission interconnector linking South Australia with New South Wales, supporting South Australia’s ambition to become a major clean energy exporter.

Goyder Renewables Zone includes an annual Community Benefit Fund for local community-building and sustainability initiatives, a comprehensive neighbour benefit scheme, as well as benefit-sharing with the Ngadjuri, Traditional Owners of the land on which the wind farm is located. It also incorporates a bold eco-tourism initiative which will ensure that the iconic Worlds End Gorge is secured for the enjoyment of future generations.

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