Twenty-one renewable and storage projects have made it through to the short lists for $75 million in NSW Government grant funding for pre-investment studies and capital projects to develop dispatchable electricity from “affordable, reliable and clean energy” sources.

In the pre-investment funding stream, grants worth $7.1 million have been awarded to projects totalling 2,150MW of on-demand electricity, “with the potential to leverage almost $2 billion in private investment,” the government claims.

Recipients will participate in knowledge-sharing activities to help industry deploy new technologies and business models in NSW.

Pre-investment funding short-list

Applicant companyProject titlePrimary project technology
Dispatchable electricity capacityLocation (closest town)
Hydrostor AustraliaBroken Hill Compressed Air Energy StorageCompressed Air Energy Storage200 MWBroken Hill
Renew EstateBuronga Energy Park BatteryBattery250 MWMildura
Meridian EnergyBurrinjuck Hydro Energy Storage ProjectPumped Hydro50 MWYass
Solar Analytics Pty LtdConsumer-led Distributed Energy projectVirtual Power Plant20 MWVarious locations
Progressive Renewable DevelopmentsDeepwater Solar and Battery StorageBattery20 MWDeepwater
Walcha EnergyDungowan Dam Pumped HydroPumped Hydro500 MWTamworth
UPC/AC Renewables AustraliaNew England Pumped HydroPumped Hydro400 MWArmidale
OMPS Pty Ltd (with Alinta Energy)Oven Mountain Pumped Hydro StoragePumped Hydro600 MWArmidale
Walcha EnergyUralla Renewable Energy Hub Battery Battery100 MWArmidale
Firm PowerWestern Sydney Smart BatteryBattery10 MWSydney

Twenty-one capital projects have been shortlisted, with total capacity of more than 700MW of on-demand electricity across pumped hydro, gas, biogas, solar thermal, virtual power plants and batteries.

The successful recipients will be announced in the first half of 2020.  

Capital projects funding short-list

Applicant companyProject titlePrimary project technologyDispatchable electricity capacityLocation (closest town)
Meridian Energy AustraliaHume Hydro power station battery energy storage systemBattery20 MWLake Hume Village
Teys AustraliaWagga Low Emissions Energy HubBiogas8 MWBomen
Flow PowerCorporate Virtual Power PlantVirtual Power Plant20 MWVarious locations
AGL Energy LimitedBroken Hill BatteryBattery50 MWBroken Hill
Smart RenewablesSouthern NSW commercial and residential virtual power plantVirtual Power Plant5 MWBatemans Bay
sonnen AustraliaRegional NSW virtual power plantVirtual Power Plant27.6 MWVarious locations
RES AustraliaNewcastle Battery Energy Storage SystemBattery40 MWNewcastle
Maoneng AustraliaSunraysia EmporiumBatteryAt least 50 MWBalranald
TransGridNSW Grid BatteryBattery50 MWWestern Sydney
Reef AustraliaBio-ethanol gas for industrial user at ColeamballyBiogas5 MWColeambally
Hivve TechnologySustainable SchoolsVirtual Power Plant5 MWVarious locations
Origin EnergyExpansion of Shoalhaven Pumped HydroPumped Hydro235 MWKangaroo Valley
Edify EnergyDarlington Point Energy Storage SystemBattery25 MWDarlington Point
RayGen ResourcesRayGen’s Solar Power PlantSolar Concentrated Photovoltaic with Integrated Electro-Thermal Storage5 MW
Endeavour EnergyWestern Sydney renewable energy and load managementVirtual Power Plant10 MWVarious locations
Goldwind AustraliaHybrid ProjectGas72 MW
CWP RenewablesThe Sapphire Battery FarmBattery30 MWGlen Innes
Not disclosedRiverina Region battery energy storage systemBattery10 MW– 
Bomen Solar Farm Pty LtdBomen Solar Farm Battery Energy Storage SystemLithium-ion battery10.3 MWWagga Wagga
UPC Renewables AustraliaNew England batteryBattery25 MWUralla
Centennial NewstanNewstan Colliery pumped hydro storagePumped Hydro8.5 MWFassifern