Monday, 12 October 2015
FINAL BROKEN HILL SOLAR PANEL INSTALLED
Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts and Environment Minister Mark Speakman today visited Broken Hill for the installation of the final solar panel on AGL’s new 53 MW Broken Hill solar power plant.
The plant, which will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 17,000 homes, is the second solar power plant opened by AGL this year.
Earlier this year AGL opened its 102 MW Nyngan solar power plant.
Mr Roberts said that the NSW Government was delighted to support the development and uptake of utility-scale solar power in the state by contributing $64.9 million to the development of the Broken Hill plant and its sister plant at Nyngan.
“The government is committed to increased renewable energy generation in NSW and this plant is evidence there is a new era for large scale renewable energy in NSW.
“Today’s event, the installation of the last of 677,760 solar PV modules covering more than 14 hectares at Broken Hill, marks an important milestone for regional NSW and its contribution to the growth of large-scale solar; boosting the amount of renewable energy in NSW.
“I congratulate AGL for its commitment to renewable energy.”
Mr Speakman said that the Broken Hill and Nyngan plants were producing reliable and affordable clean energy and multiple environmental, economic and social benefits.
“It’s the culmination of many years of work by researchers, industry, government and the community. We’ve created a new era for large-scale solar energy in the Southern Hemisphere,” Mr Speakman said.
“NSW is leading Australia in supporting the clean energy sector, which contributes to lower energy costs and provides employment and investment particularly in regional communities.”
Media: Norm Lipson (Roberts) 0429 081 428/ Michael Cox (Speakman) 0429 465 227