French renewable energy producer Neoen has secured a contract for Stage 1 of the Goyder Wind Farm in Australia, supplying 100MW.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government awarded the 14-year contract for part of the Goyder Renewables Zone through a renewables auction.

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As part of the contract, Neoen will build and operate a battery storage facility with at least 50MW capacity in the region of Canberra, to support and stabilise ACT’s electricity grid.

Additionally, communities will be able to co-invest in the battery facility, allowing residents to become financial stakeholders in the project.

Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said: “With over half of Neoen’s team working from our Canberra office, it is a ‘home win’ and we look forward to deepening our commitment and contribution to the ACT’s energy system and inviting the community to invest alongside us.

“The Goyder Renewables Zone that supports this contract is a landmark project that will not only provide a significant boost to the South Australian economy but will also allow all Canberrans to benefit from clean, reliable and affordable electricity.”

The projects will contribute towards the ACT government’s 100% renewable energy ambition, striving for net-zero emissions by 2045.

A Neoen spokesperson said the Goyder contract is the fourth secured by the company from the ACT government.

Construction works for the first stage of the Goyder project will begin in 2022, after receiving all formal development approval services.

Neoen will also partner with Canberra Institute of Technology to co-develop courses in cybersecurity for renewables, as well as indigenous land care and hydrogen to advance the ACT’s renewable energy sector.

The company will also begin an industry-leading research project with Australian National University to focus on grid-scale battery performance optimisation and a feasibility study for a solar panel or battery recycling facility.

In May this year, Neoen signed a power purchase agreement in Australia with publicly-owned renewable generator CleanCo.