Solar sparks investment boom
Nationals Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced the NSW Government has approved a new 400,000 panel solar farm to be built near Armidale.
The $130 million project is set to produce 100 megawatts of power – enough to keep the lights on in tens of thousands of homes.
With other renewable projects rolling out in Glenn Innes, Moree and Inverell, the Northern Tablelands under Adam’s leadership, is fast becoming one of our State’s renewable energy hubs.
The multi-million development will be built at Hillgrove: An area that receives a proportionally high amount of sunny days and has the perfect topography for solar panels. Both Armidale and Hillgrove communities will benefit with over 150 jobs to be made available during the construction phase and eight ongoing positons once the project is complete.
As former Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Adam Marshall said he was delighted to announce that the Metz Solar Farm project was to begin imminently.
“This is an enormously exciting project not only for Armidale and the Northern Tablelands, but for all of NSW,” Adam said.
“When the project is completed next year, it will power 40,000 homes and produce nearly 10 per cent of the state’s solar energy, making it one of the largest photovoltaic installations in the nation.”
The solar farm will keep 225,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere, negating approximately the same amount of emissions generated by 1.125 million kilometres of vehicle travel.
This project comes on the back of the Moree Solar Farm – currently Australia’s second largest and the first utility scale sun-tracking farm – and the development of three wind farms between Inverell and Glen Innes, giving the Northern Tablelands 821 megawatts of renewable energy developments either approved or currently under construction.
In NSW, there are already farms at Broken Hill, Nyngan and Moree, with another farm proposed for Balranald in addition to the Hillgrove development. There are also plans to roll out solar farms at Nevertire, Gilgandra, Narrabri and Walgett creating thousands of jobs across Regional NSW. This is all the while delivering renewable energy to homes in conjunction with the baseload power, increasing the system’s ability to deal with seasonal fluctuations in usage.