Proposed 500MW renewable energy hub to be built in New England NSW

Monica Gameng   |   March 11, 2021
Thunderbolt Energy Hub (cr: Neoen Australia)

A new renewable energy hub with a combined generation capacity of 500MW is being proposed by Neoen Australia to be built in the New England region of New South Wales. 

The Thunderbolt Energy Hub will comprise of: 

  • 380MW wind farm 
  • 120MW solar farm 
  • 400MW battery storage facility 

This proposed energy hub is one of two projects that was proposed by Neoen late last year along with the 500MW Great Western Battery project, which is a standalone battery facility to be located in the Lithgow region. 

thunderbolt-energy-hub-mapProject map (source: Neoen Australia)

The Thunderbolt project is set to be built between Bendemeer and Kentucky – approximately 40 kilometres north-east of Tamworth – within the New England Renewable Energy Zone on a site that spans both the Tamworth Regional Council and Uralla Shire Council. 

The construction of this massive renewable energy project is expected to create up to 600 jobs and a further 20 to 30 jobs once it is operational. 

According to Neoen, a Local Employment and Supplier Networking session is going to be held during the pre-construction period and anyone interested in getting involved in the delivery of the Thunderbolt Energy Hub can register their interest on the project's website. 

Once up and running, the Thunderbolt Energy Hub is expected to produce up to 1,427,880MWh of renewable energy annually, equivalent to powering up to 278,000 homes. 

Source: Renew Economy; Neoen Australia (1, 2

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