The Victorian government today announced commencement of construction on Bulgana Green Power Hub, a major new wind farm with battery storage in Stawell in western Victoria.
The Green Power Hub is being delivered as part of a 15-year Support Agreement between the Victoria government and Neon Australia and will comprise a 194 MW wind farm with Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines, combined with a 20 MW/34 MWh lithium-ion battery provided by Tesla.
AusNet Services, the owners and operators of the Victorian electricity transmission network, will develop the transmission connection for the project.
The wind farm is due to be completed by late 2019 and it is expected it could generate over 740,000 MWh of renewable energy every year.
The Victorian government announced in a media release that the project would help the labour government secure greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets of 15 to 20 per cent by 2020.
“This is an exciting next step in delivering affordable, sustainable and clean energy – creating jobs right across Victoria,” the state minister for energy, environment and climate change, Lily D’ambrosia, said.
“We’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the Bulgana Green Power Hub is helping us meet our ambitious renewable energy targets,” she added.
The hub will be backed up by the 20MW battery to make the farms expansion a reality by providing the secure and affordable energy that Nectar Farms needs for its hydroponic greenhouses.
This project will make the advanced agriculture facility the world’s first ever crop farm to be completely powered by renewable energy.