By John Molloy, Energy ReporterMarch 29, 2018 16:33:23It seems the world of energy is moving towards an energy mix of renewable and non-renewable sources in the form of supercrosses, or wind turbines, in the wind power sector.
But the latest figures from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) have put the number of supercrossover sites in operation at more than 200, with more expected in the coming years.
A new ARENA study published this week found that supercross sites in NSW have a capacity of more than 30MW and more than 60% of them are operating.
That figure is much higher than previously known and the average capacity of a supercross site is around 12MW.
There is one significant exception, which is the Gungahlin wind farm on the Darling Downs in New South Wales.
It has been operating for the past three years, and is expected to double capacity in the next five years, with a capacity factor of around 30%.
“The Gungaflin wind project is a unique and innovative wind energy facility,” Mr Gibson said.
“It is a large-scale wind energy site that provides the capacity needed to generate power in the peak periods.”
The Gangalagas wind farm has been generating around 50MW of power for more than 20 years.
It’s been operating at its current capacity for more a decade, but in the meantime, it’s been generating about 12MW per year.
The Gongas wind project also generates around 6MW of capacity every year, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
“The large scale wind energy sites around the country provide an alternative to the reliance on fossil fuels to power our electricity generation needs,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr Gibson said it was crucial to ensure that the large scale renewable projects were not neglected.
“There is a need for the government to look at how it can work with the private sector to help develop the most innovative and high-quality projects for renewable energy,” he said.