NSW leads in renewable energy

Published 31st July, 2014 in Environment, Environment

NSW continues to lead Australia in developing renewable energy as the nation’s largest solar plant receives its first solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

Solar panel
Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules

The new modules are the first of approximately 1.35 million advanced thin-film solar PV modules that will make up the 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant.

Construction of the plant began in January 2014 and is expected to be complete by June 2015.

Once complete, the plant will:

  • Produce enough renewable electricity annually to supply more than 33,000 homes.
  • Employ up to 300 people (mostly locals) during the peak of construction.
  • Inject around $137 million into the local economy.

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Leslie Williams said NSW had vast solar resources and has long been a standout leader in PV research.

“We are now taking the next step and becoming a standout leader in renewable energy development,” Mrs Williams said.

The NSW Government has contributed $64.9 million towards developing the plant and its sister site at Broken Hill.

AGL will deliver the Nyngan Solar Plant along with other community partners.

Published 31st July, 2014 in Environment, Environment