The Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) has a proposed capacity of 3,000 megawatts of new renewable generation. The REZ is to be located across approximately 20,000 square kilometres centred by Dubbo and Dunedoo.
The Central-West Orana region was selected as the first REZ due to level of planning and investment in renewable energy projects already underway, with around 4,500 megawatts of renewable projects either approved or in the planning system.
|May 2020||ROIs for the development of projects in the REZ opened.|
|Jun 2020||ROIs for the development of projects in the REZ closed.|
|Dec 2022||Construction of projects in the REZ expected to commence.|
The NSW Government's contribution is to develop the REZ, including the establishment of the Energy Corporation of NSW, which will coordinate the development of the REZ.
|Procuring Agency:||Energy Corporation of NSW|
|Tenderers (EOI/ROI):||Registrations of Interest opened for proponents of potential renewable energy and energy storage projects in the region to provide an indication of the scale, location and types of projects being considered for the REZ.|
|May 2020||Registrations of Interest for renewable generation and storage projects in the REZ opened, closing on 5 June.|
|Jun 2020||The NSW Government revealed 113 Registrations of Interest were received, with proposals representing an estimated 27 gigawatts of total capacity.|
|Mar 2021||The NSW Government released the Central-West Orana REZ Access Scheme Issues Paper for public consultation. The Paper identifies the key features of the REZ's transmission project.|
|Sep 2023||The NSW Government invited Open Tenders for a REZ Network Infrastructure Technical Advisor for the project, closing 3 October. The successful tenderer will be for technical engineering support and design for the project.|