Neoen plans to spend a billion dollars in Glenelg Shire
ONE’S very close to fruition and the other might be just starting, but the future of two major renewable energy projects planned for Glenelg Shire depend on entirely different things.
The more than 100 people in attendance at the Powering Glenelg forum at the Portland Golf Club on Wednesday night were given insights into the proposed Kentbruck Green Energy Hub – which could be one of the world’s largest wind farms if it is built – and a smaller but almost unique venture that seeks to power some buildings and the indoor swimming pool in Portland.
The $1 billion Kentbruck project is the brainchild of Neoen Australia, a local offshoot of French company Neoen and is in the early planning stages.
Its unique wind farm and battery storage project planned for pine forest between Mt Richmond and Nelson was revealed in the Observer in April and further fleshed out during community information sessions held in Portland and Nelson.
Just how serious Neoen Australia is about the project, on land managed by Green Triangle Forest Products whose managing director Laurie Hein was among those in the audience on Wednesday night, was driven home by the company’s head of development Garth Heron.
“My target is to get $1 billion for (each of) the next four years invested in Australia,” he said.
“One of those billion dollars we want to do here in Glenelg Shire.”