Wellington Town BESS

RWE Renewables Australia is proposing to construct a standalone, lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Wellington in New South Wales, on a site immediately adjacent to the Wellington Town substation. The entire site is located within the Dubbo Regional Council Local Government Area and the Central West Catchment Management Authority.

Renewable energy generation is an emerging sector within the broader region, and the development footprint is located within the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (CWO REZ), which was formally declared in November 2021 by the NSW Government. The CWO REZ aims to unlock at least 3 gigawatts (GW) of new network capacity by the mid-2020s, which is enough to power 1.4 million Australian homes. The region has enormous potential to contribute renewable energy to the National Electricity Market (NEM), support jobs, and drive investment.

Project location

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The proposed project site is zoned General Industrial (IN1) under the Dubbo Regional Local Environmental Plan 2022, meaning that the area is intended for general industrial uses which encourage employment opportunities, and minimise any adverse effect on industry or other land uses. This ensures that the location of the proposed BESS is highly appropriate and positively contributes to the community.

The proposed BESS would be located on about 7.8 hectares (ha) of private land, with a maximum capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) and 400 megawatt hours (MWh). The BESS would connect directly to the adjacent Wellington Town Substation, reducing the impact and disturbance of the development on the community.

Construction and operation of the project would involve the following key components:

BESS Infrastructure

  • BESS containers;
  • Inverters;
  • Main transformer;
  • Medium Voltage (MV) transformers;
  • Cooling systems (as required);
  • Fire suppression systems; and
  • Switchroom.

General Site Infrastructure

  • Switchyard;
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M) buildings;
  • Site office and associated amenities (bathroom facilities, lunch/break room, and first-aid room);
  • Storage sheds;
  • Cabling;
  • Fencing; and
  • Staff carpark.

Temporary infrastructure, including construction facilities, construction staff car parking, component laydown areas, truck parking and unloading bays would also be required.

Project status: Preparing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – undertaking studies, preparing layouts and seeking community opinion

Operation: Targeting 2027 for initial operations

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Project benefits

The proposed Wellington Town BESS aims to improve the reliability and security of the electricity network by storing energy during periods of low demand, and dispatching energy during periods of peak demand and emergency events. The BESS would be a key piece of infrastructure in supporting energy storage development in regional Australia and would subsequently assist in reducing emissions by improving national resilience in energy supply and supporting affordable energy for Australian homes.

The project would also create job opportunities, with an estimated 50 full-time equivalent jobs during the up to 18-month construction period and up to three ongoing positions during operations.

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These include:

  • Contributing to the national renewable energy target by promoting energy security through a more diverse energy mix, reducing coal dependence, increasing energy efficiency, and moving to lower emission energy sources

  • Contributing to achieving the NSW target of zero net emissions by 2050

News and events

  • December 2023 - Project update

    RWE Renewables Australia would like to thank you all those who attended the Wellington Town BESS information sessions held at the Wellington Civic Centre on Tuesday the 31st of October, and at the Four Cats Café on Wednesday the 1st of November.

    The team thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in Wellington, and were fortunate enough to meet with various community members over the two days. We thank you again for taking the time to share valuable insights into the region and community.

    We look forward to revisiting Wellington and would welcome the opportunity to meet with those who are interested in learning more about the project or have ideas on ways RWE Renewables Australia can support the local community.

    If you would like to meet with a member of the project team, please contact us by emailing wellingtontownbess@rwe.com or calling us on 1800 867 081.

    As the project team work through the next stage of planning approvals, we invite community members to complete our online community feedback survey by clicking here.

    Your feedback will inform Social Impact Assessment, which will be submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will be published in 2024.

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Ongoing community feedback is very important to us, and will help inform the project. To provide your feedback, please complete the survey available here.

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