A Bright Future for Big Solar in Australia

The Federal Government's announcement that the southern hemisphere's largest solar power station will be built in NSW is fantastic news for renewable energy in Australia, the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (www.seaaus.com.au) said today.

The solar PV project will be built across two sites in NSW - Nyngan (102MW) and Broken Hill (53MW) and will begin construction in 2014. The installations will provide power for over 50,000 homes and create an estimated 450 jobs in the renewable energy industry. 

"SEA congratulates AGL, ARENA, the NSW Government, and First Solar on this important milestone for Australian renewables," says Chief Executive Kirsten Rose.

"It's particularly encouraging to see the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) substantial $166.7m support.  ARENA is designed to drive significant renewable energy investment, and this is a great example of what it can help achieve," she says.

The 155MW project is more than 15 times larger than the largest solar farm currently in operation in Australia, and is big by any standards.

"This announcement is a turning point for renewable energy in Australia, and shows how the Government working in partnership with industry can capitalise on our potential for clean, cost-competitive energy in this country," Ms Rose adds.