800 MW AC Solar & 250 MW Storage Project In Queensland

Skylab Australia Seeking Approval From Toowoomba Regional Council For 800 MW AC Solar & Storage Project In Australia’s Queensland
Skylab says the Punch’s Creek Renewable Energy Project will be located in the heart of the South West Queensland Renewable Energy Zone (Illustrative Photo; Photo Credit: Symbiosis Australia/Shutterstock.com)
Skylab says the Punch’s Creek Renewable Energy Project will be located in the heart of the South West Queensland Renewable Energy Zone (Illustrative Photo; Photo Credit: Symbiosis Australia/Shutterstock.com)
  • Queensland has received a proposal from Skylab to develop a 960 MW DC/800 MW AC solar farm
  • It will set up in 2 phases of 400 MW AC each, and will also sport a 250 MW energy storage system
  • The company plans to use LONGi solar modules for this facility and Ingeteam inverter

Toowoomba Regional Council of Queensland in Australia is mulling over the development application for a 960 MW DC/800 MW AC solar PV power plant with 250 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) filed by Skylab Australia using LONGi solar modules.

Located in the heart of the South West Queensland Renewable Energy Zone, Skylab says the Punch's Creek Renewable Project will have an operational life of 40 years, the project will deploy over 1 million modules, Ingeteam inverters and single axis trackers from an undisclosed supplier. Skylab wants to realize the project in 2 stages of 400 MW AC each.

It will be realized through a project company called Punchs Creek Renewable Energy Pty Ltd. The council will make a decision by March 23, 2023.

"With direct access to the Powerlink Transmission Network this site provides the ultimate balance between connection and opportunity. The site is located on prime land with a 30 year + lease option and has already obtained significant support from the local community," states Skylab.

According to local energy news portal Renew Economy, the project location is near 825 MW Millmerran Supercritical Black Coal Power Plant that will continue to remain in operation till 2051.

Queensland is building 3 renewable energy zones, namely North, Central and South West of the state. For all 3, it attracted expressions of interest for 60 GW renewable energy capacity worth AUD 93.7 billion, including solar PV (see Queensland Gets EOI For 60 GW Renewable Energy).

Skylab has also proposed a 480 MW DC/400 MW AC Springvale Renewable Energy Project with 100 MWh battery energy storage and hydrogen capacity for North Queensland Renewable Energy Zone.

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