The Crystal Brook region is home to both outstanding wind and solar resources. Also unique to the area, the wind tends to blow most strongly at night, when the sun is not shining.
To take advantage of these resources, Crystal Brook Energy Park will host approximately 125MW of wind generation, 110MW of solar generation and up to 130MW/400MWh of lithium ion battery storage, giving the project the ability to store and dispatch energy to the grid during times of peak demand.
The project’s combination of solar and wind generation extends the overall duration of electricity generation over longer periods of the day and night and over seasonal variations. This means we can deliver a steady, reliable output of power throughout the day and night whenever consumers need it. Firm renewables will support South Australia’s grid and industrial economy.
We’ll use bifacial solar panels. These generate electricity on both sides, using light reflected from the ground.
Modern turbines are larger and more powerful, so less machines can produce the same amount of energy. This makes construction faster and more efficient with less traffic, road infrastructure and concrete, which is better for local residents and the environment. Modern turbines also have improved aerodynamics and are typically quieter than smaller, older models.
We’ll deploy lithium-ion battery storage like our Big Battery in Jamestown. This has been essential in keeping the lights on in SA since 2017 – saving consumers over $160 million in its first two years of operation!
Why we need Crystal Brook
Renewable energy projects such as Crystal Brook help reduce electricity
costs and keep the lights on in South Australia.
Energy to power around 145,000 homes