4GW hybrid renewable plan for New England

A joint venture between Energy Estate and MirusWind has proposed the development of a 4GW hybrid renewable energy project in New South Wales’ New England tablelands, approximately 55km south of Armidale.

The Walcha Energy Project will comprise of wind, solar, pumped hydro and battery storage facilities and is  set to become the largest renewable energy project to be connected to the National Electricity Market.

The project’s location gives it an advantage with an excellent source of wind as well as enough land to build a large-scale solar farm. The project is also located within close proximity to the NSW transmission system and the Hunter Valley coal plants – which are expected to power down starting 2022.

The project developers are also planning to build a new substation and “renewable energy hub” close to the town of Uralla to support the power generation from the Walcha Energy Project, which will  be developed in stages, with the first stage to include approximately 1GW of wind power together with 400MW solar.

Construction on Stage 1 is anticipated to begin in 2020, with the first output to go into the grid by 2022.