Australia’s first fully integrated wind, solar and battery project
Kennedy Energy Park will use wind turbines to draw energy of the wind and convert it to electricity. The force of the wind causes the blades of the turbine to turn, transferring kinetic energy through a gearbox into a generator. The generator produces electricity which is fed through a transformer to a substation.
Wind energy is currently the cheapest renewable energy source and even cheaper than new-build fossil fuels. Wind energy is not a new source of energy. The first wind turbines began working about 50 years ago and now more than 100,000 turbines operate around the world. There are over 50 wind farms in Australia with approximately 1,000 operating turbines.
PV solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells containing semiconductors such as crystalline silicon. This material creates an electric current when exposed to visible light. Australia has some of the best solar resource in the world, and within Australia, Queensland performs above par.
While rooftop Solar PV is very popular in Australia, utility scale is still a growing industry. The price of utility scale solar farms are dropping rapidly, leading to several hundred megawatts of solar being installed every year.