The Kaban Green Power Hub is located in far-north Queensland, approximately 80km southwest of Cairns and 6km northwest of the town of Ravenshoe
The aim of the Kaban Green Power Hub is to develop an environmentally and economically sound wind and storage facility which will improve Queensland’s energy security and provide an economic boost to the region. Using proven battery technology, the facility will be one of the first and largest grid-scale batteries in the world.
The Kaban Green Power Hub will generate more than 376,000 MWh of clean, renewable electricity into the national power grid each year, thereby making a major contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction. This reduction will be equivalent to taking either 98,000 cars off the road or planting 490,000 trees, producing enough electricity to power approximately 57,000 homes with renewable energy.
Neoen, the developer and operator of the Kaban Green Power Hub, is focused on developing wind, solar and storage projects in Queensland. The combination of Queensland’s ambitious Renewable Energy Target, proactive government and abundant wind and solar resources creates highly favourable conditions for renewable energy projects in the State. Neoen will leverage off its experience in developing multiple wind projects throughout Australia, including the 309MW Hornsdale Wind Farm which is partially operational and due for completion in 2018.
Neoen plans to begin construction of Kaban in the third quarter of 2018 and anticipates significant local employment opportunities.
Neoen selected the Kaban site after considering the following factors:
- Abundant wind resource
- Proximity to an existing transmission line
- Sparse local population density
- Landholders supportive of hosting wind turbines on their property
Neoen is currently undertaking the studies which are necessary for submitting a Development Application, including:
- Flora and fauna
- Visual and landscape impact
- Noise assessment
- Heritage (including Aboriginal heritage)
- Hydrology and flooding
- Traffic and transport
- Bushfire risk
Neoen has commissioned expert consultants to prepare these studies. The Kaban site is located on private freehold land and will consist of up to 29 turbines.
The electricity generated from the wind farm will be transmitted to the national electricity grid. The wind turbines and battery storage system will be connected to an on-site substation via underground cables or overhead transmission line. A substation is a part of an electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system. Substations can transform voltage from high to low, or from low to high voltage. The substation will then connect via overhead cables into the 132kV transmission line which runs through the project area.