Five large-scale solar installations across regional NSW will be built after securing $34.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The installations in Dubbo, Glen Innes, Griffith, Parkes and Manildra have a total capacity of 162.3 megawatts and will provide enough clean electricity to power around 62,000 homes or 2800 schools and save 350,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
NSW Minister for Industry, Resource and Energy Anthony Roberts welcomed the announcement of financial support for the new projects.
“NSW leads Australia in large-scale solar and over the past five years, the share of NSW-based solar generation has increased six-fold,” Mr Roberts said.
“Today’s announcement to provide funding for these new projects underscores the growing importance of the NSW solar industry and the role it will play in providing for the state’s future electricity needs.”
The ARENA-funded projects will support up to 800 jobs during construction. The five new facilities, once completed, will reduce emissions by the equivalent of taking 78,000 cars off the road.
More large-scale solar projects are in the planning system with an estimated 1000 MW of generating capacity.
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