New South Wales

Australia's largest solar energy plant completed in Western NSW

NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts and Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman last week visited Nyngan in Western NSW for the installation of the final solar panel at Australia's largest solar project.

Mr Speakman congratulated AGL, First Solar and the Nyngan community for their work on and support for the 102 megawatt (MW) plant.

Nyngan Solar Plant
Above: Nyngan Solar Plant / AGL and First Solar.

"The $290 million Nyngan solar plant is a major investment in renewable energy and demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to clean energy generation," Mr Speakman said.

"This 250-hectare field contains 1.36 million solar panels and will provide enough clean electricity to power 33,000 NSW homes when fully operational.

"The NSW Government is serious about supporting renewable energy, and has provided $65 million in funding for this project here in Nyngan and another 53MW solar plant under construction near Broken Hill, the second largest solar plant in Australia.

"Together, these solar plants will generate enough electricity to power more than 50,000 homes across NSW."

Mr Roberts said NSW was at the forefront of large scale solar and renewable energy.

"NSW is leading Australia in supporting the clean energy sector, which supports more than 13,000 jobs, contributes to lower energy costs and provides employment and investment in regional communities," Mr Roberts said.

"The share of renewable energy in NSW's electricity generation mix has almost doubled in the past five years with approximately 13 per cent of our energy generation coming from renewable sources in 2013.

"This project will set an example that will help drive further investment in large scale solar in regional NSW and across Australia."

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