At the moment more than 320,000 homes and businesses in NSW use solar power for electricity. That number is set to climb with the completion of two large scale solar farms in Broken Hill and Nyngan. The news comes as a further eight projects across the State are shortlisted for millions of dollars in funding.
NSW is leading the way in renewable energy sources with Australia’s two largest solar plants opening at Nyngan and Broken Hill. This more than doubles our previous capacities. Nyngan is now the largest solar plant in the country generating 102 megawatts, with Broken Hill coming in second at 53 megawatts. The combined electricity generation of the plants is enough to power 83,000 homes.
The two plants are set to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 301,560 tonnes while creating over 450 regional jobs and $440 million of investment into the State. The local economy enjoyed a $29 million boost during construction, and while the plants are operational over the next 20 years, the regions will enjoy a further $222 million through employment and other maintenance requirements and infrastructure upgrades.
The opening of the two plants coincides with a further eight solar power projects to be funded across the State. The projects have a combined output of 242 megawatts, which is enough to power 85,000 homes across the state. The shortlisted locations include six in the Central West, one in the South East and one in the Northern Tablelands.
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