The world’s largest $ 95 billion renewable energy hub developed in Western Australia

Western Australia (WA) is ready to host the world’s largest renewable energy hub, with a combination of wind and solar that can contribute to 50 GW (gigawatts) of electricity, comparable to Australia’s total energy fleet. I promise.

The Western Green Energy Hub (WGEH) will cost $ 95 billion ($ 70 billion) and is set to occupy 15,000 square kilometers (5,800 square miles) in southeastern Washington, with a final plan in 2028. Will be done.

The proposal, led by Hong Kong-based groups InterContinental Energy (ICE) and CWP Global, has an unprecedented partnership with the people of Minning, the indigenous landowner.

WGEH will be offered in stages, and its ambitious range far exceeds the consortium’s previous performance. To date, CWP has had a total of just over 1.5 GW of success in energy projects, and ICE has not yet completed the project.

CWP and ICE are also currently involved in another megascale green energy hub in Washington, the 26 GW Asian renewable energy hub. The hub was shut down by the federal government last month due to environmental issues.

WDEH Chairman of the Board, Brendan Hammond, said the proposal was historic and the coalition, including Milling Green Energy, a subsidiary of Traditional Land Aboriginal Corporation, is a new standard for collaboration between companies and First Nations Land owners. Said created.

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Details of the Western Green Energy Hub. (Photo provided)

“More importantly, it’s a way to work with the original owners of the land, Minning People, to build a truly long-term, sustainable, multi-generational partnership,” says Hammond. Said..

The main area covered by WGEH spans Shire, Dundas, and in 2017, a federal court ruled that the land was exclusively owned by Miling People, Western Australia.

Peter Fitchat, CEO of Dandasshire, told The Epoch Times that he supported the project. However, it was noted that the local council was not consulted as a stakeholder in the impact assessment. Fitchat said he was eventually approached and asked if he would oppose development.

“This will be one of the largest land-use agreements with native title groups in history,” Fitchat said. “We are waiting for a final assessment of the impact.”

Of the hub’s maximum capacity of 50 GW, the site location is estimated to provide 70%, or 35 GW, during sunny days and windy nights.

When solar and wind power occur intermittently, the actual output depends on weather conditions and the presence of sunlight and wind.

The project is expected to support the production of 3.5 million tonnes of green hydrogen with its output, in line with WA’s Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy.

The Government of Western Australia welcomed the proposal and praised the project’s hydrogen outlook and cooperation with the project’s Minning People.

“Our state is in a great position to lead the world’s renewable hydrogen industry, bringing a strong economic future to WA and making a significant contribution to the decarbonization of the world,” said WA Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Alannah MacTiernan said. Said..

“Importantly, this project is a strong collaboration between the traditional owners of Milling and the industry and will be an opportunity for change for the community.”