Renewable power information blown away in January as wind farms match coal output

Wind and photo voltaic set new manufacturing information in January, with new milestones achieved in three completely different states, and utility scale initiatives installations in Western Australia setting the lead.

David Dixon, an analyst with Rystad Power, says that complete utility-scale wind and photo voltaic PV output in January throughout the nation was 3,628GWh, the best ever.

The state with probably the most output was NSW, which supplied a couple of quarter of that provide with 995GWh of wind and photo voltaic, however the person stars had been all to be present in W.A, the place wind and photo voltaic accounted for 40 per cent of complete output within the month.

Supply: Rystad Power

These included the Badgingarra wind farm, (pictured at high), a facility co-located with a smaller photo voltaic set up, that produced a shocking capability issue of 64 per cent for the month. (The photo voltaic output just isn’t included in that determine).

In all, six wind farms in W.A. – Badgingarra, Walkaway, Warradarge, Yandin, Emu Downs and Mumbida, all situated north of Perth – delivered capability components of greater than 50 per cent for the month.

To place that into some context, this can be a rating of the capability components of Badgingarra and Australia’s particular person coal items within the month of January, once more courtesy of Rystad.

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Supply: Rystad Power

Badgingarra sits proper in the midst of coal plant efficiency in Australia, and its output on this previous month was not even its finest month. In November, 2019, it delivered a capability issue of greater than 70 per cent, in keeping with Rystad.

The one wind farms not situated in W.A. that reached the highest 10 for the month had been the primary stage (and far delayed) of the Stockyard Hill wind farm in Victoria, which would be the nation’s largest as soon as working at full capability, the Kiata wind farm in Victoria and the primary stage of the Lincoln Hole wind farm in South Australia.

W.A. was additionally host to the 2 finest performing photo voltaic farms for the month of January – Merredin (at 100MW the state’s largest) and the newly expanded Greenough River, which was the primary massive scale photo voltaic within the nation when the primary stage was in-built 2012).

Whereas particular person photo voltaic vegetation in W.A. carried out finest, the majority of the photo voltaic output for the month of January got here from NSW, which contributed 535GWh, practically half the 1,202GWh complete for the nation, adopted by Queensland with 362GWh.

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Giles Parkinson is founder and editor of Renew Economy, and can be the founding father of One Step Off The Grid and founder/editor of the EV-focused The Driven. Giles has been a journalist for 40 years and is a former enterprise and deputy editor of the Australian Monetary Overview.


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