NSW announces first hydrogen storage, new solar/storage plants


The Australian state of New South Wales has announced seven new energy projects, including a solar garden, a dispatchable solar and battery storage system, and the state government’s first hydrogen energy storage system to help improve energy affordability across the region.

The AU$15 million (approximately $8.6 million/€8 million) funding will unlock almost 17.2MW in electricity generation and up to 17.9MW and 39.3MWh of energy storage.

Related Stories:
Amazon signs first renewable energy project in Australia
Queensland approves Australia’s largest wind farm
Dutch government doubles renewable subsidy funding for 2020

A range of energy projects will be funded including:

  • A community-owned dispatchable solar and battery system in Goulburn
  • Installation of a 1MW solar garden at Grong Grong, giving low-income households and renters access to renewable energy
  • Installation of a 5MW solar power and 10MW battery energy storage system at Ewingsdale
  • NSW’s first hydrogen energy storage system alongside a solar-battery system to store renewable energy, at Manilla.

The project funding is part of the NSW Government’s Regional Community Energy Fund, which improves energy affordability and innovation.

Energy Minister Matt Kean said the projects will help make electricity more affordable and reliable for regional communities.

“These grants will help regional communities right across NSW take control of their energy bills and benefit from the economic opportunities presented by changes in our energy system,” Mr Kean said.

The Regional Community Energy Fund is funded under the NSW Climate Change Fund, to support community energy across the state.

Enlit Australia will feature innovative companies accelerating decarbonisation at the APAC region’s largest gathering of companies driving and leading the energy transition. Are you going to be there? Click here to join us in Melbourne.