Massive Asian renewable energy hub grows to 26GW of wind and solar

Published onOctober 22, 2020

The Western Australian government has granted state environmental approvals to the massive first stage of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, which proposes to build up to 15,000MW of new wind and solar power in the state’s Pilbara region and has expanded its long-term plans to an extraordinary 26,000MW. It is a major step toward the project becoming a reality, with the McGowan government giving the project environmental clearance for the first 15,000MW stage of the project, to be built across 6,500 square kilometres in the Pilbara region, as the developers seek to capitalise on an emerging market for Australian renewable energy exports, including green hydrogen. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is being developed through a consortium that includes wind turbine manufacturer Vestas, project developer CWP Energy Asia, green hydrogen developer InterContinental Energy and investors Pathway Investments. Project director Brendan Hammond told RenewEconomy that the addition of plans for ammonia production, as a way of facilitating green hydrogen exports, had allowed the project to lift its ambition for new wind and solar capacity.