The Kaban Green Power Hub will be built on private land used primarily for cropping. Although spread across a large land area, the turbines will create minimal disruption to agricultural activity and will require little vegetation clearance. Vegetation screening to minimise visual impact will be planted around landholders’ and neighbours’ dwellings. Built adjacent to the project substation, the batteries themselves will occupy less than a hectare of land and will have a negligible visual presence or environmental impact.
The impacts of wind farms are also well understood due to the highly developed nature of the industry both nationally and worldwide. Detailed technical assessments, including noise, ecology, heritage, visual and transport are currently underway. This knowledge together with the detailed local knowledge held by the relevant government agencies and private stakeholders will assist Neoen in minimizing the project’s impact on the local environment.
Human activity is resulting in the release of large amounts of greenhouse gases. Such gases trap the sun’s heat in our atmosphere and upset the delicate balance of the Earth’s climate. Small changes in the temperature of the atmosphere cause accelerated melting of the polar ice caps and rising ocean levels, changes in rainfall patterns, destruction of delicate ecosystems such as coral reefs and increased extreme events such as droughts, hurricanes and cyclones.
Stationary electricity production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. More than a third of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels to produce electricity. At present, Australia has the second highest greenhouse gas emissions per unit of electricity produced in the world, and among the highest levels of emissions per capita.
A crucial part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is to replace fossil fuels with a natural, renewable source of energy such as wind or solar. Initiatives to combat climate change, e.g. the Kyoto Protocol, have allowed wind and solar to become the world’s fastest growing energy sources. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years.
The addition of batteries to renewable projects helps to mitigate the intermittent nature of renewable sources by allowing excess power generated to be stored and dispatched into the grid during times of peak demand, such as in the early evening. Batteries also make the grid more stable and resilient to blackouts.