DP Energy given green light to expand renewables park in South Australia

Irish renewable energy firm DP Energy has won state government approval for the second stage of its Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP), located in South Australia.

Under Stage 2, the hybrid renewable energy facility will be expanded to a combined total of 1.1GW of wind, solar and storage capacity.

This capacity will be comprised of up to 500MW of solar PV generation, 400MW of battery storage and 3,000MW seconds of synchronous condenser capacity, to be added to a previously canvassed 375MW first phase – a combination of 225MW of wind and 150MW of solar.

“We’ve now received all the necessary government approvals for the project, which is very encouraging,” said DP Energy’s CEO Simon De Pietro.

“This latest development will contribute to Port Augusta becoming the renewable energy capital of Australia now there is no longer coal generation,” he added.

The company believes that PAREP will offer most of the services provided by a traditional fossil fuelled power station, as well as helping to stabilise the grid in cases of power fluctuations or blackouts through its batteries and synchronous condensers.