Walcha Energy files scoping report for 700-MW solar park in NSW

Solar panels in New South Wales. Image by NSW Department of Planning and Environment (www.planning.nsw.gov.au/).

June 24 (Renewables Now) - Australia-based Walcha Energy today said it has submitted its scoping study for a 700-MW solar farm with battery storage to regulators in the New South Wales state.

The Salisbury solar park will be installed on the Salisbury Plains, near the town of Uralla in the Northern Tablelands, Walcha Energy said on Monday. The scoping report also includes a 100-MW/150-MWh battery storage facility and a 330-kV substation, planned to operate as a grid hub of the New England Renewable Energy Zone.

This hub will be used as the connection point for the first phase of the up to 4-GW Walcha Energy complex that will incorporate wind, solar photovoltaic (PV), pumped hydropower and other storage technologies. The facility will be available as a connection point for other developers, as well, Walcha Energy said.

The Australian developer, which is a joint venture between Energy Estate and MirusWind, also announced it is conducting feasibility studies for a pumped hydropower station at the Dungowan Dam, also as part of the Walcha Energy scheme. The assessment, conducted in partnership with Arup, is to be completed in the next three-four months.

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