Projects in Australia
Berrybank 1 wind farm
With the allocation of the 180.6 MW Berrybank 1 wind farm, which involved an investment of 284 million Australian dollars, GPG Australia reached a renewable installed capacity of 270 MW in the country. The construction of this project commenced in early 2019 and became operational in 2021.
This wind farm has 43 wind turbines.
The awarding of Berrybank 1 means that Global Power Generation can continue its strategy of international growth and renewable investment in a key market like Australia.
Berrybank 2 wind farm
The new Berrybank 2 wind farm is located in the Corangamite & Golden Plains local government areas of south-west Victoria, 150 kilometres from Melbourne. The facility has an installed capacity of 109.2 MW from 26 wind turbines, which will generate 390 GWh of clean energy per year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 71,000 households.
The new facility is located approximately 150 km from Melbourne, adjacent to the already operational Berrybank 1 wind farm, so both projects will share some of the connection infrastructure, such as the overhead transmission line that is already in operation.
This new renewable facility is the second phase of the Berrybank 1 wind farm, that has been in operation since 2021. Berrybank 2 wind farm was awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government in September 2020. This is our third renewable energy generation project in Australia, following the Crookwell 2 Wind Farm and Berrybank 1 Wind Farm.
GPG is also committed to establishing a high level of engagement with the local communities surrounding the wind farm and providing benefits through the implementation of an ambitious Community Engagement Plan (CEP).
Crookwell 2 wind farm
The 96 MW Crookwell 2 wind farm, near Goulburn in New South Wales, supports the commitment made by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to supply 100% of its electricity from renewable resources after the ACT Government awards the zone’s feed-in tariff rights to GPG.
The project has 28 wind turbines and produces a over 300,000 megawatts per hour in a standard year, with zero carbon emissions, an energy supply equivalent to the electricity consumption of 41,600 homes in Canberra.
Crookwell 2 is the first wind farm in Australia for Global Power Generation, which aims to close more long-term purchase agreements for other significant renewable energy projects by GPG in Australia.
Crookwell 3 Wind Farm
The Crookwell 3 57,6 MW wind farm is an approved project for 16 wind turbines that are scheduled for construction in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. The site is located approximately 17 Km to the south-east of Crookwell, 25 Km to the north-west of Goulburn and 90 Km to the north-east of Canberra, within the Australian local government area of Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
The project was approved on 14 October 2020 for 16 wind turbines with a maximum blade tip height of up to 157 metres and a total project capacity of approximately 57.6 MW. The power generated will be connected to the grid via the Crookwell 2 Wind Farm terminal station, which is in turn connected via a 330 kV transmission line system.
The project covers an area of approximately 1,100 hectares that are owned by two landlords and mainly used for farming activities (grazing). It will be possible for this activity to continue with the wind farm.
The project is considered as the second phase of the Crookwell 2 Wind Farm, which is also owned and operated by GPG Australia.
Ryan Corner Wind Farm
The Ryan Corner wind farm is located in south-west Victoria, close to Yambuk and 16.5 Km to the north-west of Port Fairy in the Australian local government area of Moyne Shire.
The project covers an area of approximately 3,388 hectares that are mainly used for farming purposes at the moment, including sheep and other livestock grazing.
The wind farm consists of 52 turbines with a total power of approximately 218,4 MW. It will be connected to the grid via a 132 kV overhead transmission circuit to the 500 kV Tarrone terminal station.
Hawkesdale wind farm
The Hawkesdale wind farm site is located in South-Western Victoria near the township of Hawkesdale, 30km north-west of Warrnambool, and 175km west of Geelong, within the Moyne Shire Local Government Area.
The project covers an area of approximately 2,300 ha, where the current land use is primarily agricultural activities including grazing of sheep and cattle.
The windfarm comprises 23 turbines with a total output of approximately 96.6 MW. It will connect to the grid via a 132kV overhead transmission circuit to the existing 500kV Tarrone Terminal Station.
This is the first investment in this field in Australia, a country at the forefront of large-scale battery use.
As part of the commitments associated with the Berrybank 2 wind farm, GPG is committed to installing a 20 MW battery energy storage system located within the Australian Capital Territory, which will support the ACT distribution network at the Queanbeyan substation, in partnership with TransGrid, the region’s distribution network service provider.
Cunderdin Hybrid PV Solar + BESS Project
The project, called Cunderdin Hybrid PV Solar + BESS Project, will have a solar photovoltaic capacity of 128 MWp Solar PV + 55 MW and a battery energy storage system of up to 220 MWh. This project features 229,500 modules. It has been acquired from Sun Bred Power (SBP) and will begin construction in the last quarter of the year, with the aim of entering commercial operation during the second quarter of 2024.
The facility, which has an investment value of 160 million euros, will be located near the town of Cunderdin in Western Australia. In addition to being our first hybrid project worldwide, it is the first photovoltaic project we will develop.
The integration of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) with a large-scale photovoltaic (PV) power plant will enable further flexibility in the operation, allowing the plant to also support the Wholesale Energy Market in the SWIS during peak demand periods. The innovative configuration of the integrated dc-coupled BESS improves energy conversion efficiencies and contributes to drive down solar-plus-storage costs in comparison with the conventional AC-coupled facilities.
The BESS will be manufactured and supplied by Sungrow, a global tier-1 supplier of battery systems and inverters. The project will be constructed by a reputable and experienced contractor with a wide portfolio of projects in the infrastructure, resources and energy sectors in the country.