Dinawan Energy Hub
ABOUT THE PROJECT
A hybrid wind, solar and battery storage energy hub would enable reliable, clean power to be dispatched to the National Electricity Market, offsetting the generation and carbon emission from ageing fossil fuel generators in NSW.
The Dinawan Energy Hub is a ~2.5 gigawatt (GW) proposed hybrid wind, solar and storage project located in the Riverina region in New South Wales, in the heart of the South-West Renewable Energy Zone and on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri people and several smaller nations of the Murrumbidgee plains.
The proposed Energy Hub would create more than 1,000 jobs during construction, and would have up to 250 wind turbines and 1.5 million solar modules, potentially providing enough clean, reliable energy to power over a million Australian homes annually.
Scoping Reports prepared
Houses powered annually:
~ 1 million*
Emission offset annually:
~ 6 million tonnes CO₂*
Traditional lands of the Wiradjuri people and several smaller nations of the Murrumbidgee plains
* Based on capacity of 2.5 GW
Wind farm: ~1.5 gigawatts
Solar farm: ~1 gigawatt
~ 250 wind turbines
~ 1.5 million solar modules
Battery energy storage:
(or 1,200 MWh over 4 hours)
The proposed project is being developed by Spark Renewables, one of Australia’s leading developers and long-term owners of renewable energy generation assets. Spark Renewables is a part of the Spark Infrastructure Group, one of Australia’s leading investors in critical energy infrastructure assets. Read more about us and our team.
PLANNING & CONSULTATION
Project status: Scoping Reports lodged & SEARs received
The proposed Dinawan Energy Hub is considered State Significant Development under NSW planning legislation. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) will assess the development application documents and the consent authority will be the Minister for Planning or the Independent Planning Commission.
Scoping Reports for the wind farm and for the solar farm were lodged with the DPE in November 2022. The Scoping Reports outline the proposed project in more detail and identify important issues that will require further assessment, consultation and technical studies. The DPE issued its requirements, known as Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) on 14 December 2022. These documents can be viewed on the DPE Major Projects website by searching for "Dinawan".
Next, the SEARs will be addressed in a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will be prepared over the coming year.
Formal NSW planning process
Proposal announced ✓
To industry, government and community
Scoping reports ✓
Community consultation and preliminary technical studies
Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements
EIS and SIA preparation
Community engagement and technical studies to inform the EIS and SIA
EIS submission and exhibition
Public exhibition for agency and community comment
Response to submissions
Addressing comments and issues raised about the EIS in a "Response to Submissions" report
Assessing the proposal
Assessment by the Department of Planning & Environment
The Minister for Planning or the Independent Planning Commission decides the proposal
As part of the planning and development process, we are undertaking extensive consultation with the community, stakeholders and Traditional Custodians of the land. The consultation will take place via community drop-in sessions, community briefings, surveys, one-on-one meetings, newsletters, our project website, and social media. We encourage all stakeholders and community members to get involved.
Find out more and have your say:
- Sign up to newsletters.
- Request a one-on-one meeting or call.
- Provide feedback via surveys.
If you have questions, feedback or would just like to register for future updates, please complete this short online form. You can also leave a message at 1300 271 419 to speak to one of the Spark Renewables team.
OUR APPROACH: SUPPORTING FARMERS & THE LOCAL ECONOMY
Step 1 - complete
Project identification ✔
Step 2 - complete
Initiate community consultation and preliminary studies ✔
Step 3 - in progress
Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement
Final investment decision