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NSW would increase its national lead in renewable solar power projects with 12 new solar farm proposals, including what could be the largest in the southern hemisphere, now in the state planning pipeline.

Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the new proposals could generate more than 1000 megawatts of solar capacity, enough clean energy supply to power 365,000 homes across NSW.


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NSW is continuing to lead with solar research and innovation, and we are maximising investment..."

- Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts

“The 1000 megawatts is on top of the 660 megawatts that will be generated by 11 other solar farms that the NSW Government has already given the green light since 2011,” Mr Roberts said.

“We already have three solar plants in regional NSW that are online – Nyngan, Moree and Broken Hill. Nyngan is currently the biggest operating in the southern hemisphere, generating 100 megawatts for 32,000 homes.

“But the proposed Sunraysia Solar Farm near the Riverina town of Balranald would produce double the solar energy of Nyngan and is currently on public exhibition.

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“NSW is continuing to lead with solar research and innovation, and we are maximising investment in order to reach the national renewable energy target of 23.5 per cent by 2020.

 

“Our aim is for a secure, reliable, affordable and clean energy future and projects such as these are great opportunities that enable us to deliver on this.”

 

Mr Roberts said in addition to the benefits of clean renewable energy from solar, the new proposals would provide jobs and local investment in regional communities.

 

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Minister for Resources and Energy and Utilities, Don Harwin, said the projects will provide significant benefits for the state and compliment key Government priorities.

“If approved, these proposals could generate sustainable power and local jobs for towns such as Gilgandra, Hillston, Narrabri, Armidale, Coleambally, Gulgong, Walgett, Jemalong, Balranald, Nyngan and Hay. The Nyngan solar farm alone created 250 construction jobs and provided $330 million in investment.

“Strengthening the state’s energy security, and developing economic opportunities and boosting jobs in our regions are priorities for this government. When we make this happen through renewable energy projects it’s a win-win for NSW.”

Eleven solar farms approved since 2011, including:

  • Nyngan Solar Farm in Nyngan (106MW)
  • Bogan River Solar Farm in Nyngan (100MW)
  • Capital Solar Farm in Bungendore (50MW)
  • Manildra Solar Farm in Manildra (50MW)
  • Riverina Solar Farm in Yoogali (30MW)
  • Griffith Solar Farm in Yoogali (60MW)
  • White Rock Solar Farm in Matheson (20MW)
  • Parkes Solar Farm in Parkes (65MW)
  • Goonumbla Solar Farm in Parkes (65MW)
  • Moree Solar Farm in Moree (56MW)
  • Broken Hill Solar Farm in Broken Hill (53MW)


This equals a combined 660 megawatts of capacity, enough to power more than 200,000 homes.


Three of these approved solar farms are up and running in Nyngan, Moree and Broken Hill.


Sixteen sets of Secretary’s environmental assessment requirements (SEARs) were issued in the last year for solar projects. SEARs identify the information that must be included in the Environmental Impact Statement for the project:

  • Riverina Solar Farm (Griffith Council) – project approved 2016
  • Griffith Solar Farm (Griffith Council) – project approved 2016
  • White Rock Solar Farm (Glen Innes/Inverell Councils) – project approved 2016
  • Parkes Solar Farm (Parkes Council) - project approved 2016
  • Goonumbla Solar Farm (Parkes Council) – project approved 2016
  • Sunraysia Solar Farm (Balranald Council)  Gilgandra Solar Farm (Gilgandra Council)
  • Narrabri Solar Farm (Narrabri Council)
  • Metz Solar Farm (Armidale Dumaresq Council)
  • Hillston Solar Farm (Carrathool Council)
  • Limondale Solar Farm (Balranald Council)
  • Nevertire Solar Farm (Warren Council)
  • Walgett Solar Farm(Walgett Council)

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