Residential rooftop solar panel systems have been on the rise in Australia over the last several years, and now, there will soon be two new large-scale solar PV farms available to add power to the electricity grid.
AGL Energy Limited has just announced details of the two projects, which will produce about 360,000 megawatt hours of electricity every year, enough to power more than 50,000 homes in New South Wales. There will be a 53 megawatt plant located Broken Hill and a 102 megawatt plant at Nyngan.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide $166.7 million of the $450 million funding, and the New South Wales (NSW) Government will provide $64.9 million.
According to AGL’s Managing Director Michael Fraser, this will be the largest solar project of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. No word yet on when everything is set to go live, but it’s great to see Australia starting to advantage of more of its vast renewable resources.