first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Global energy giant GE has signed an agreement to co-develop a proposed 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Dungowan Dam in the New England region of New South Wales state.Dungowan forms part of the massive 4,000MW renewables and storage hub being put together by Walcha Energy – in what would be the biggest integrated renewables and storage project in Australia and likely a major part of the New England renewable energy zone (REZ) proposed by the NSW state government on Friday.GE Renewable Energy Hydro Solutions has agreed to provide technical and commercial support to help accelerate the development of Dungowan pumped hydro storage power plant, which would have between six to eight hours of storage.“Dungowan PHES will help facilitate new wind and solar projects and provide firming and grid support services at a critical point on the Australian National Electricity Market,” said Simon Currie, the managing director at Energy Estate, a partner in Walcha Energy. “The project represents a unique opportunity to tap into a high-head site, in close proximity to an existing reservoir. It is strategically located between retiring coal capacity to the south and emerging wind and solar capacity to the east, west and north.”The Walcha project already includes defined projects such as the 700MW Winterbourne wind farm (in which global wind giant Vestas has bought a majority stake), the 700MW Salisbury solar farm and the 700MW Ruby Hills wind farm, and aims to unite up to 4,000MW of capacity around the Uralla Renewable Energy Hub.Currie says the Dungowan pumped hydro storage power plant would play a critical role in ensuring that new wind and solar generation can be reliably and safely fed into the grid.[Giles Parkinson]More: GE signs agreement to develop 500MW pumped hydro project in NSW GE to build 500MW pumped hydro storage project at Australian renewable energy hublast_img