Neoen, a French renewable energy company, has begun preliminary work on South Australia’s 412 MW Goyder South Stage I wind farm. The Goyder Renewables Zone’s first stage is Goyder South Stage I. The Goyder Renewables Zone will be located near Burra in South Australia’s Mid North region, which will include a total of 1,200 MW of wind generation, 600 MW of solar generation and 900 MW of battery storage capacity.

A new transmission line will connect the plant to ElectraNet’s Robertstown substation, which will be equipped with 75 GE 5.5-158 Cypress wind turbines. It is slated to commence in 2024, with substantial building work starting in 2022 in the second quarter. Neoen intends to sell a large share of the wind farm’s clean electricity via long-term power purchase agreements.  The company has previously agreed to deliver 100MW of clean energy to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government over a 14-year period.

In October 2021, Neoen completed the construction of its Altiplano 208 MW solar power plant in Argentina’s Salta region. The plant is Argentina’s second-largest solar project. Altiplano is expected to generate 650,000 MWh of solar-powered electricity every year, which is enough to power 215,000 households for a year. Under a 20-year power purchase agreement, the electricity produced will be supplied to national operator CAMMESA.

REGlobal’s Views: Neoen has been an active player in the Australian market, and this massive renewable energy project further cements the company’s position in the nation’s fast expanding renewable energy space.