The Sustainable Energy Association of Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that the southern hemisphere’s largest solar power station will be built in NSW. 

The solar PV project will be built across two sites, Nyngan (102MW) and Broken Hill (53MW) in NSW and will begin construction in 2014. The installations will provide power for over 50,000 homes and create an estimated 450 jobs in the renewable energy industry. 

SEA congratulated AGL, ARENA, the NSW Government, and First Solar on this important milestone for Australian renewables. According to Chief Executive Kirsten Rose, it’s particularly encouraging to see the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) substantial $166.7m support. 

The 155MW project is more than 15 times larger than the largest solar farm currently in operation in Australia. 

Ms Rose adds that the announcement is a turning point for renewable energy in Australia, and shows how the Government working in partnership with industry can capitalise on the country’s potential for clean, cost-competitive energy.