The Uralla region is home to both outstanding wind and solar resources. Also unique to the area, the wind tends to blow most strongly at night, when the sun is not shining.
To take advantage of these resources, Thunderbolt Energy Hub will host approximately 380MW of wind generation and 120MW of solar generation, giving the project the ability to store and dispatch energy to the grid during times of peak demand.
The project’s combination of solar and wind generation extends the overall duration of electricity generation over longer periods of the day and night and over seasonal variations. This means we can deliver a steady, reliable output of power supporting the New South Wales economy.
NEW ENGLAND RENEWABLE ENERGY ZONE
The Thunderbolt Energy Hub is being proposed in the New England REZ, announced by NSW Government in late 2021. The New England REZ is proposed to deliver 8 GW of renewable energy to support the transition to a renewable energy-based electricity market.
The REZ is expected to generate $10.7 billion investment, 1,250 construction jobs and 830 operations jobs. The REZ plays a vital role in delivering affordable, reliable generation to NSW consumers to help replace the State’s existing power stations as they approach their end of life.
We are working with Umwelt, who are undertaking seasonal ecology surveys over the project’s proposed footprint. The results from these surveys feed into the project’s design process and development application.
Why we need Thunderbolt
Renewable energy projects such as Thunderbolt help reduce electricity
costs and keep the lights on in New South Wales.
Energy to power around 278,000 homes
No greenhouse gas emissions from project generation
HELPING THE CLIMATE
Thunderbold Energy Hub will provide 25 years of clean energy to Victoria.