French renewable energy company, Neoen has committed to the Goyder South hybrid renewable energy generator with grid scale storage and has supported the SA-NSW interconnector.
South Australia Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, said, “Neoen’s plan for the enormous Goyden South project is a resounding endorsement of the interconnector and the Marshall Government’s policies for cheaper, more reliable and sustainable power.”
The $1.5 billion SA-NSW interconnector will provide a freeway for renewable energy from South Australia to the eastern seaboard, enabling huge renewables projects such as Goyder South to turn South Australia into an energy powerhouse.
The Goyder South project will deliver up to 1200MW of wind power, 600MW of solar power and very importantly 900MW of battery storage on the back of the SA-NSW interconnector.
“Neoen has indicated that the delivery of stages 2 and 3 of the project will be dependent on the construction of the SA-NSW interconnector,” Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.
“Four more large solar farms worth billions of dollars are also planned along the interconnector route which runs from Robertstown in SA’s Mid North and Wagga Wagga in NSW.
“The investment potential of the SA-NSW interconnector is one of the reasons why the Marshall Liberal Government granted the nation-building infrastructure Major Project Status.
“This new additional interconnector will bring South Australia into the loop with the rest of the national energy market, bringing cheaper power, greater reliability and increased export opportunities for our renewable energy.”