Neoen’s partnership with Tesla to build the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia has enabled the company to have a significant positive impact on the local community.

Clean Energy Council member Neoen has partnered with fellow Clean Energy Council member Tesla to build the Hornsdale Power Reserve in Jamestown, South Australia, which is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world and one of the largest renewable energy developments in Australia. The installation of the 100 MW/129 MWh battery, which is co-located with Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, will deliver reliable, sustainable energy to the region, along with a range of long-term benefits to the surrounding community.

Neoen has prioritised collaboration with stakeholders – including state and local governments, businesses and communities – to make the benefits of renewable energy more visible to all Australians. This ensures that local voices are heard and allows Neoen and its projects to become a well-integrated part of the community.

The Hornsdale Power Reserve has had a positive flow-on effect for the local community around Jamestown, with more than 250 construction jobs created over three years. As a result, more accommodation, restaurants and small businesses have been created and will continue to grow and thrive in the region long after the facilities are complete. Once construction is finished, the project will continue to support more than 10 on-site employees, further contributing to the local economy and providing ongoing support for the region.

Local residents Peter and Jennie Hall have welcomed the installation of wind turbines on their farm land, where they can benefit from an additional long-term and reliable income while still being able to use the land for their animals. This partnership is not only mutually beneficial for Neoen and Peter and Jennie, but also to the wider community, which is able to reap the benefits of affordable, clean electricity.

As part of its ongoing support of the local community, Neoen has created a community fund that has been in operation since the beginning of construction. This will see $120,000 allocated to initiatives chosen by the community every year for 20 years. This year alone, the community fund will support more than 28 projects, including the restoration of a war memorial and providing assistance to the local football club.

Neoen has partnered with the Canberra Institute of Technology to create the Renewable Energy Skilled Centre of Excellence, which provides education and training for those within, or seeking to enter, the renewable energy sector. The program offers training for skilled workers, with an on-site station at Hornsdale for students.

Neoen has also dedicated significant resources to ensuring that the Hornsdale Power Reserve has a positive environmental impact on the local area. During planning for the project, Neoen identified the habitat of a rare pygmy blue-tongue lizard, which led to the company amending its plans to ensure the protection of the lizard. Neoen is currently supporting Flinders University to undertake research that will help to ensure the survival of this rare protected species.

About the company

Neoen was established in Australia more than five years ago and has since invested more than $1 billion in the country. Neoen’s commitment to growing the nation’s renewable energy sector is ongoing, and it is continually creating new sustainable energy projects.

Neoen operates across multiple renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, biomass and storage. In addition to the Hornsdale Power Reserve, the company’s Australian projects include the DeGrussa Solar/Storage Facility in Western Australia and the Parkes Solar Farm, Dubbo Solar Hub, Griffith Solar Farm and Coleambally Solar Farm in New South Wales.