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New England leads renewables

Coming off the back of the $130 million, 100 megawatt solar panel development at Hillgrove, the New England is leading the pack again with another solar project set to be constructed between Glenn Innes and Inverell.

The addition will contribute another 600 megawatts of renewable energy to the regions energy mix, bringing sustainably generated power in the region to similar levels of a coal-fired power station within the next decade.

The agricultural powerhouse that is the New England and Northern Tableland area is welcoming energy innovation with open arms, with yet another company keen to utilise the unique terrain and climate to power the region – and the nation.

CWP Renewables, the company behind Glen Innes’ winds farms is pitching to build “Sundown” a 2-million panel solar farm with significant battery storage between Glenn Innes and Inverell, bringing another 600 megawatts of renewable power online.

Northern Tablelands member Adam Marshall has welcomed the proposal.

“This is very exciting news for our region.”

“If Sundown is approved by the NSW Department of Planning, the project have almost two million solar panels, making it Australia’s largest by a long way – supplying almost six times the wattage output of its nearest completed competitor.”

“Renewable developments across our region are approaching the peak capacity of the Liddell power station – producing zero emissions, diversifying our power mix and helping our state meet its national and international obligations,” Adam said.

Nationals candidate for the New England Barnaby Joyce welcomed news of the proposal and the hundreds of jobs it would bring to the region.

“The Hillgrove development is already predicted to bring 150 jobs to the New England. This project could easily bring double that – and there is nothing more important to people in our region’s towns than jobs, jobs, and more jobs,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by Adam Marshall.

“The Inverell and Glen Innes communities were some of the first to back this ever-expanding industry and this project will ensure they continue to benefit from the improved local employment, housing and support it provides.”

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