SIEMENS Gamesa Renewable Energy has been commissioned to build the Bulgana Green Power Hub near Stawell.
Renewable energy producer Neoen Australia owns the project and was planning to start construction of the hub this month.
The combined wind farm and battery storage operation was expected to open in August 2019.
One agreement for Neoen is with the state government for 15 years.
The other contract is for 10 years with Nectar Farms – the Australian agribusiness where the hub will be built and who will use Siemens’ LED light technology to grow tomatoes in glasshouses.
SGRE will build the wind farm with 56 of the firm’s SG 3.4-132 turbines for total capacity of 194MW and a battery energy storage system.
The hybrid facility will comprise of a 194MW wind farm, as well as a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery.
It is estimated that 97 per cent of Nectar Farms’ electricity needs will be supplied by 15 per cent of all of the electricity generated at the wind plus storage facility, with the rest going directly to the local grid.
Only three per cent of Nectar Farms' energy demand cannot be supplied with wind energy when longer no-wind-periods occur.
This is the fourth engineering, procurement and construction contract undertaken by Siemens Gamesa for Neoen in Australia.