We talk today with Genex executive director Simon Kidston on the world-leading solar and pumped hydro storage plant planned for an old gold mine in north Queensland, and the changing face of generation.
The Kidston project – the old gold mine was named after Kidston’s great grandfather, a former state premier – already has 50MW of solar up and running, still the largest solar plant in Queensland as other project continue their commissioning.
What makes this project special and world leading is the plans to add another 250MW of solar and a major pumped hydro storage facility, using the height and pits from the old gold mine. Financing and contracts are expected to be announced shortly.
Kidston says this – and other wind, solar and storage hybrids planned for the region – will change the face of generation in north Queensland, meaning that it can rely on dispatchable and reliable renewables, and not solely on fossil fuels such as coal, gas, and diesel.
Kidston will be speaking at the Large Scale Solar and Storage conference co-hossted by Informa and RenewEconomy in Sydney at the end of June. You can find out more and buy tickets here.
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