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Projects Boost Australia's Solar Energy Mix

August 2013, 20
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Australia is ready to deliver additional solar power into the grid with 2 new large scale PV farms. AGL Energy Limited has recently announced that the two large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects have managed to get funding. This is because of the agreements between the New South Wales (NSW) Government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The project is expected to generate nearly 360,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year; this is enough to meet the needs of over 50,000 average houses in the New South Wales region of Australia.

The projects include 53MW solar plant at Broken Hill and a 102MW solar power plant at Nyngan. The total project cost is $450 million. To help AGL’s delivery of the projects, NSW Government will provide $64.9 million, and the ARENA will provide $166.7 million.

AGL Managing Director, Michael Fraser said “Solar PV in Australia has come a long way from being a small-scale industry in a relatively short time frame. Broken Hill and Nyngan solar plants will be the nation’s biggest solar projects with the Nyngan plant also being the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.”

AGL will undertake these projects in collaboration with ARENA and the NSW Government, along with the local councils and communities of Nyngan and Broken Hill, and project partner First Solar.

Mr. Fraser said “We expect these projects to create approximately 300 in Nyngan and around 150 construction jobs in Broken Hill. There will be significant financial flow which will benefit both the communities. Immigrants can have greater job opportunities in Australia. The projects are expected to increase nearly 2% to the gross regional product of each regional economy. Construction of the Nyngan project is expected to begin in January 2014and will be completed by the mid of 2015. Construction of the Broken Hill project will commence six months later, in July 2014, and is expected to be completed around November 2015.

First Solar is going to operate and maintain both the projects for AGL for 5 years after commercial operation starts. AGL will collaborate with the University of New South Wales, and the University of Queensland, along with First Solar, to execute innovative research, which will help, the future development of solar energy in Australia. MoreVisas will provide complete assistance to individuals who aspire to Migrate to Australia

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