The Kennedy Energy Park project near Hughenden in North Queensland has been connected to the electricity grid and energised.
Developer Windlab said first export of electricity from the energy park was expected in mid-August after a compulsory “hold point zero” period to allow the network operator to conduct background power quality testing.
The project will then commence commissioning and testing, and progressively exporting electricity to the network, with formal commercial operation expected in the last quarter of this year.
Jointly developed and owned by Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings, the Kennedy Energy Park is described as the world’s first hybrid wind-solar-battery power plant.
It comprises 43MW of wind turbines, 18MW of solar panels and a 4MWh battery.
“We are excited to reach this important milestone in the project,” Windlab executive chairman and chief executive officer Roger Price said.
“Nearly all renewable generators in Australia have found grid connection challenging in the past 18 months. Being the first project to implement both a statcom and synchronous condenser in Ergon’s network has meant Kennedy is no exception.
“However, the persistence and technical capability of the WND team has paid off. We look forward to completing the registration and commissioning work over coming months as the project is placed into full service.”