Kaban Green Power Hub
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The Kaban Green Power Hub will be located near Kaban in Northern Queensland, 80 kilometres south-west of Cairns and 6 kilometres north-west of Ravenshoe. The renewable energy hub will comprise a 130-megawatt wind farm and 100-megawatt storage facility.
The Kaban Green Power Hub will include 29 wind turbines, a substation, battery storage, access tracks and cabling, generating more than 400,000 MWh of renewable electricity into the National Electricity Market each year. The wind turbines and battery storage system will connect into the site’s substation either via underground cables or an overhead transmission line.
- In May 2018, the Queensland Government gave approval for the project.
- In April 2020, the Federal Government gave approval with conditions for the project to proceed to construction.
- Construction is due to commence in late 2020 or early 2021 and take 12 to 18 months.
Financing for the project is expected to be privately sought by the owner and operator, Neoen, though no details of this have been publicly released.
History and Further Information
The site in Kaban was selected due to the abundance of wind, proximity to an existing transmission line, low population density and support from landholders for hosting wind turbines.
The Federal Government has placed 41 conditions on the construction of the Hub regarding its impacts on the environment. This includes a limit of 129 hectares that can be cleared on the site.
Last reviewed: 08/05/2020