Broken Hill Solar Station in western New South Wales has reached its full generation capacity for the first time, transporting 53 MW of renewable energy into the National Electricity Market.
This latest development stage, which was the result of pre-commissioning activities and more than 300,000 hours of onsite work, immediately after ARENA, AGL and First Solar,becomes part of the New South Wales Government at an occasion to install the plant’s final panels.
Acting ARENA CEO Ian Kay applauded AGL and First Solar on the significant achievement.
“The compressed commissioning phase, which has resulted in full generation at the Broken Hill plant, sends a positive signal for large-scale solar in Australia and is further proof that it’s possible to speed up project development by drawing on existing experience and expertise,” Mr Kay stated.
“This momentum is set to continue as the utility-scale knowledge base expands and more projects are delivered through ARENA’s $100 million large-scale solar round which closed to EOIs on Tuesday.”
Greg Hunt, Federal Minister of Environment indicated that the Government was financing renewable innovation and technology to cut carbon emissions and reduce electricity costs.
“Through projects like this one, we are helping Australians do their bit for the environment without increasing the cost of living for families. The AGL Solar Project, when completed, will power 50,000 Australian households with renewable energy,” Mr Hunt stated
Every year the Broken Hill Solar Power Station will be capable of generating enough renewable energy to power 17,000 houses. So far $15 million has been pumped into the local Broken Hill community for direct construction activities as well as indirectly via workers buying accommodation, food, petrol and other supplies locally.