The first Tesla Powerpack batteries have arrived on site in north Queensland, Australia, ready to be installed at what will be the world’s first grid-connected project combining large scale wind, solar and battery storage.
The first stage of the Kennedy Energy Hub will comprise 43.5MW of wind, 15MW of solar and 4MWh of the Tesla Powerpack 100kWh batteries, which arrived on site earlier this month.
Construction is due to be completed later this year, and will be the second leading battery storage project in Queensland, following the connection late last year of the Lakeland solar and battery project – the first to connect to a grid in Australia – at Cooktown further to the north, according to RenewEconomy.
For Tesla, it is the third major big battery storage project in Australia, following the ground-breaking and world’s largest battery at what is known as the Hornsdale Power Reserve, next to the Hornsdale wind farm, and the 20MW/50MWh battery now being installed at the Ganawarra solar farm in Victoria.
Windlab CEO Roger Price says the Kennedy Energy Hub – located between Townsville and Mt Isa – will demonstrate the effectiveness of wind and solar working together, and how battery storage can play a critical role in smoothing out and shifting supply.
Price said the wind and solar at Kennedy are highly complementary.
“Of course, you get solar in the middle of the day, the wind resource picks up as the sun starts to set, blows through night, then then continues until after the sun rises, where it drops off,” he told a Large Scale Solar and Storage conference in Sydney.
He said that the battery will help the project more effectively “clip the peak”, and dispatch at time of high demand.