New South Wales
Bathurst Community Climate Action Network is a network of organisations and individuals working together to promote action on climate change and sustainable and equitable development. BCCAN’s members live across the region and some live quite close to the proposed battery project at Wallerawang.
Without expertise to respond to specific details of Greenspot’s project, BCCAN strongly supports the project in principle. As NSW, and the world in general, makes the urgently needed transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, this project utilises industrial land previously used to generate climate-endangering coal power and makes use of the existing electricity network infrastructure to advance the transition to a sustainable energy future. The uptake of rooftop solar and increasing establishment of wind and solar farms, while generating welcome cheap, non-polluting energy does create challenges for the electricity network. Battery storage domestically and industrially together with pumped hydro projects like Snowy 2 should enable the grid to better cope with fluctuations in supply and demand. Because of its siting on the apron of the existing power station, the project, even in its construction phase, makes few additional demands on infrastructure and is not a threat to agricultural land, water supply or environmental values. The provision of energy storage so close to Sydney should incentivise the take-up of further domestic and commercial renewable energy investment across our region.
The EIS notes that the clearing of the site will require the levelling of 1.15 hectares of Black gum grassy woodland containing 6 trees with nesting hollows. It is important that this clearing should be undertaken without endangering any of the wildlife nesting in the trees and that a substantial additional replanting on other parts of the site should take place. With this reservation, we wish Greenspot well with the project.