French renewable energy and storage developer Neoen has begun work on the first 412MW stage of what will likely be the country’s biggest wind, solar and battery storage project.

The company announced on Monday that it has commenced “early works” on the Goyder South wind farm, the first stage of a massive project near Burra that could grow to 1200MW of wind, 600MW of solar, and 900MW and possibly 1,800MWh of battery storage.

The 412MW first stage will – at least for a while – be the biggest wind farm in the state and another important element in propelling South Australia towards the state government’s target of reaching net 100 per cent renewables by 2030 – a world leading landmark it is likely to reach well before then.

Neoen, which already owns and operates the 315MW Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia (pictured above) and the neighbouring Hornsdale Power Reserve, aka the original Tesla big battery, has already contracted 100MW of the capacity of Goyder South to the ACT government, and is seeking other off-take deals.

Louis de Sambucy, the head of Neoen in Australia, described the Goyder South renewable zone as the company’s “most competitive giga-project” and confirmed that solar and battery storage will be added in the future to deliver “firm 24/7” renewable energy.

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