The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park in Australia has been given the go ahead by the government.

The DP Energy-owned A$680m combined wind and solar park in southern Australia is set to generate approximately 1,000GWh of renewable energy each year, enough to power around 200,000 homes and save 470,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Wind turbines and solar panels
The park will consist of 59 wind turbines and almost 400 hectares of solar panels, producing a combined generation capacity of 375MW.

According to Energy Live News the project’s wind is mainly driven by the temperature difference between the land and sea rather than the weather. This has the benefit of generation peaking at a regular time in the early evening that matches daily peak demand for electricity.

This effect is most pronounced in the summer when there are the largest temperature differences, meaning annual energy generation peaks when annual demand is also at its highest (for air conditioning).

Solar generation will peak at midday, maintaining a good balance for overall demand.