Renewable energy company Maoneng intends to build a $1.6 billion, one gigawatt solar and battery hub at Merriwa in the Upper Hunter.
The proposed energy hub will consist of a 550 megawatt solar farm and 400 megawatt / 1,600megawatt hour battery storage system.
The project is designed to address the regional energy supply and grid stability needs of the National Electricity Market (NEM).
The company said it expects construction of the solar farm and battery to take 18 months, create up to 500 full-time equivalent jobs during the peak of activity, and require up to 20 permanent operational staff for the 35-year life of the project.
At this stage, completion of the project is expected in 2025.
Read the full article published in the Newcastle Herald 9th May 2022