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Ministerial Media Release

Construction jobs boost as Wyalong Solar Farm approved

  • Date: 09.05.2019
  • Type: Ministerial Media Release
  • Author: NSW Department of Planning and Environment

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The NSW Government has today approved a new $130 million solar facility to be built in West Wyalong, paving the way for construction to begin.

 

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said the 100 megawatt solar farm will generate up to 150 jobs during its construction, and create clean, renewable energy to power about 37,500 homes.

 

“The Wyalong Solar Farm will add to the growing hub of solar energy projects in the Riverina, bringing a fresh boost to the economy and diversifying industry for the region,” Minister Stokes said.

 

Since 2017, the NSW Government has approved 26 solar projects across the State, providing about 4,500 construction jobs and supporting about $5 billion investment in regional and rural NSW.

 

“These solar projects have already contributed to communities throughout the Riverina and are also supporting the creation of a thriving renewable energy industry in NSW,” Mr Stokes said.

 

Energy and the Environment Minister Matt Kean said the Wyalong Solar Farm will help NSW meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

 

“We are committed to delivering affordable and reliable energy for the people of NSW, while also reducing emissions and acting on climate change,” Mr Kean said.

 

“The Wyalong Solar Farm has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing overall emissions and put downward pressure on prices.

 

“We have a booming solar industry in NSW, which will become a vital part of our energy mix as we transition to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.”

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