Harnessing hybrid renewable energy to power schools, hospitals and emergency services across Queensland

The Kennedy Energy Park is Australia’s first hybrid renewable energy project, leveraging the complementary nature of Queensland’s solar and wind resources to deliver renewable energy around the clock. 

Located near Hughenden in North West Queensland, the project is currently in its final testing and commissioning phase and is expected to commence commercial operations this year. 

CS Energy has an offtake agreement with the joint owners Windlab and Eurus Energy for 100 per cent of the output of Kennedy Energy Park. This will be used to support our large commercial and industrial customers in adding renewable energy to their loads, including Queensland schools, hospitals and emergency services.

The park is the first in the National Electricity Market to combine wind, solar and battery technologies and continues to position Queensland as a leader in renewable energy. 

Kennedy Energy Park

What is hybrid renewable energy? 

As the name suggests, a hybrid renewable energy system combines two or more renewable energy sources to generate electricity. This helps to maximise the efficiency of the system and provide a reliable source of power as the two sources complement each other in generating energy. 

How does the Kennedy Energy Park work? 

The Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable facility comprises 43 megawatts of wind, 15 MW of solar and 2 MW/4MWh battery.  

The location for Kennedy Energy Park was selected by Windlab as the region has the one of the highest levels of solar irradiance that can be connected into an electricity network and possesses a world class wind resource. 

This innovative approach of combining world class wind and solar resources, which peak in their generation at different times of the day, with battery storage will allow the Kennedy Energy Park to supply energy to the grid even when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow. 

Who is behind the Kennedy Energy Park? 

Kennedy Energy Park is a 50-50 joint venture between Windlab and Japan-based energy company Eurus Energy. 

What are the benefits to Queensland? 

As the Kennedy Energy Park comes online, its renewable energy will help decarbonise large Queensland Government sites such as schools, hospitals and emergency services. 

It will also further encourage large industrial and commercial customers to transition their energy portfolio to future energy sources and boost the confidence of all end-users in the path to a truly decarbonised economy. 

With the enormous renewable energy potential of Hughenden and the Flinders Shire, the region represents a strategically critical part of Queensland’s exciting renewable energy future. 

Read more here: https://www.csenergy.com.au/news/kennedy-energy-park-shines-for-queensland