Energy Guide: Australia’s Steps Toward Sustainable Wind Power

Written by: Lorcan McSharp

Often while conducting outreach for Walnut Creek Saves, we are asked about energy and water conservation outside of the Walnut Creek area. Climate change and its impact is a big topic not only within the Walnut Creek Saves work-sphere, but for everyone in daily, work, and school life too. So it’s always best for us to stay updated on all things energy and water, to do the best thing for ourselves, and the future of the planet.

My particular deep dive this week is related to Australia’s growing wind and energy storage industry. Which last year saw big news with the release of Tesla’s Hornsdale Power Reserve battery project. Also, at the beginning of January, the government of Victoria said it secured an agreement for the development of a wind plus storage facility for a crop farm in Western Victoria. The area is now seeing more similar projects as Australia begins to expand its plans for more wind farms backed up by batteries.

Singapore-based Nexif Energy has broken ground on a 212-MW wind farm in South Australia that will include fast-response storage capacity. The project has 59 wind turbines and a 10-MW/approximately 10 MWh battery to help integrate renewables into Australia’s National Electricity Market. The ultimate capacity of the battery is still being determined, according to a Nexif spokesperson. “Nexif Energy is committed to building something which will make a significant contribution to the renewable energy target while helping grid stability and reliability in South Australia, and we anticipate the wind farm will operate for 25-plus years, providing green, clean energy for the state,” Matthew Bartley, founder and co-CEO of Nexif Energy, said in a statement.

It’s always great to see a healthy mixture of innovation, competition, and team work to orient a country towards a more sustainable future. Wind energy has been long debated when it comes to how efficient it is, and these new technologies are definitely an argument for the efficient side. Tesla’s model made a million dollars in just a few days after paying itself off and I don’t doubt that new models from Tesla, Nexif, and other companies will continue to produce better and better news for the renewable energy industry.



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