Quanta Solar and Vestas win Kennedy Energy Park deal

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Quanta Solar Australia and Vestas have been awarded the contract to supply and service Australia’s first large-scale hybrid-wind-solar-battery power plant.

The Kennedy Energy Park, located in North Queensland, reached financial closure last week.

The 60.5MW project, located in North Queensland, will consist of 43.2MW of wind, 15MW of solar PV, a 2MW lithium-ion battery and a synchronous condenser.

ARENA will provide $18 million recoupable grant for the project, a joint venture of Australian renewable energy developer Windlab and Eurus Energy.

Vestas will supply and install the wind turbines and operate and maintain the hybrid park, and Quanta Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services (EPC).

Utilising the V136-3.45MW in power optimised mode to 3.6MW and 132m hub height tower design, the turbines used in the energy park will deliver increased annual energy production through a combination of larger rotors and higher capacity factor.

In addition to supplying and commissioning the wind turbines, Vestas is also responsible for the design and supply of the overarching hybrid power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, which controls each respective renewable energy generator within the entire energy park as if it were a single generator for power dispatch.

Quanta Solar, an operating entity of Quanta Services Australia and owned by USA’s largest power contractor Quanta Services Inc, will deliver the EPC of the solar arrays, battery, connection points and civil work including the foundations for the wind turbines.

The company will also deliver all electrical balance of plant which includes modelling the park, substation design and build, electrical cabling to the turbines and grid connection to the network.

Both Quanta Solar and Vestas worked with Windlab and Eurus prior to financial investment to ensure the project was designed to achieve optimal energy outputs.

“We are proud to be a partner in one of the world’s first grid-connected wind, solar and storage hybrids,” Vestas Asia Pacific president Clive Turton said.

“Being so unique, we worked extensively with our partner and customers to find an optimal grid connect solution that would allow for a viable project.”

Quanta Services Australia president Mark Bumpstead reiterated Mr Turton’s views.

“Working in partnership with Vestas and alongside Windlab and Eurus, we have developed a unique and efficient solution which will be a game changer in the ever evolving energy market,” he said.

“Having three energy sources requires a detailed understanding of each source and how best to interact them with each other so you can then design, construct and ultimately operate a sustainable and secure energy supply.”

The project’s commercial operations are scheduled to commence in Q4, 2018.

At this time, Vestas will commerce a 15-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM4000) service agreement.

The agreement includes a full-scope service package to maximize uptime for the entire energy park, meaning Vestas will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the wind turbines, solar panels, battery storage and electrical balance of plant.

Kennedy Energy Park is a first of its kind project in Australia. It will lead the nation in the deployment of innovative near baseload renewable energy generation that will help the Australian industry successfully transition to a sustainable, clean energy future with less volatility,” Windlab CEO Roger Price said.

“We have a wonderful working relationship with Vestas and Quanta Solar, whose products and service capability were instrumental in managing the challenging design, construction, grid connections and compliance to deliver a model which will provide a competitive cost of energy.”