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Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP) is Iberdrola's first renewable energy park in Australia. When built, the facility will be a 317 MW hybrid wind-solar project located about eight kilometres south-east of Port Augusta, in the state of South Australia, in the coastal region that borders the south of the Flinders Ranges. The site, which will cover an area of approximately 5,400 hectares, is located on either side of the A1 Princes Highway.
Port Augusta is Iberdrola's first hybrid wind-solar plant in the world.
Construction of PAREP - which got the green light in 2019 - begun in 2020 and will combine wind power generation with solar photovoltaic, reaching a total installed capacity of 317 MW. The project consists of the installation of 50 x 4.2 MW wind turbines at a wind farm of 210 MW and a fixed solar photovoltaic field of 107 MW of installed power. PAREP will take advantage of the strong solar radiation in Port Augusta and the area's usual high daytime wind resource (the winds in this area are stronger later in the day).
The generated energy will be exported to the Davenport substation, approximately four kilometres away from this new project, through a 275 KV connection.
During 2021 the assembly of the 50 wind turbines was completed and work is progressing with the solar installation, the substation and the power evacuation line. PAREP, which involves an investment of 500 million Australian dollars (over 310 million euros), will create 200 jobs until its scheduled commissioning towards the end of 2021, and around 20 full-time throughout their useful life. It will thus generate a positive impact for local industry and establish the foundations for the installation of further capacity in the coming years.
Once in operation, it will generate enough clean energy to meet the annual needs of 180,000 Australian homes, contributing to reduce electricity prices for consumers and to decarbonising the economy in South Australia.
The recent friendly takeover bid on the Australian renewable energy company Infigen Energy is a unique opportunity for Iberdrola to consolidate its presence in the attractive Australian renewable energy market through a friendly transaction.
A total of 50 wind turbines have already been installed in the complex.
Wind resource: the wind resource in the area is characterised by the thermal differential between land and sea. This consistent coastal wind defines the energy production profile for the site; a regular early-evening peak in line with the daily electricity peak demand. The wind power generation will reach its peak in summer, which is when the temperature difference between the land and the sea is greater. This coincides with the higher electricity demand in summer.
Solar resource: the solar resource allows the hybrid production curve to be practically flat between ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.
This hybrid production, combining wind and solar energy, results in a power generation profile that peaks in the morning and early afternoon. This effect is stronger in summer, during the months that are hottest and most energy-intensive.