Nyngan Solar Plant
The Nyngan Solar Plant or Farm is one of the largest operating solar plants in Australia. At the time of construction, it was the largest solar plant in the southern hemisphere. Located in Nyngan, western New South Wales, it is owned and operated by AGL Energy.
|Nyngan Solar Plant|
|Location||Nyngan, New South Wales|
|Commission date||July 2015|
|Construction cost||A$440 million|
|Owner(s)||Powering Australian Renewables Fund|
|Site area||250 hectares (620 acres)|
|Nameplate capacity||102 MW|
It has over 1.3 million solar panels, generating 102 megawatts of power. It was opened on 18 April 2015, and became fully operational in July 2016. It is located 10 km west of Nyngan.
Broken Hill Solar Plant
The Nyngan Solar Plant is associated with the Broken Hill Solar Plant, which became operational in December 2016, a 53 megawatt farm located almost 600 km west, making the total capacity of the combined plants 155 megawatts. Location: 31.98871°S 141.3846°E
The plants were constructed with $166.7 million funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $64.9 million from the NSW Government. There was some criticism of the use of Government funding. Both plants were constructed by AGL in partnership with First Solar, Bogan Shire Council (Nyngan) and Broken Hill City Council, and local communities. The total cost of the projects was $440 million.
Annually, the two plants combined will produce approximately 360,000 MWh of renewable energy, powering more than 50,000 average Australian homes, AGL claims.
Powering Australian Renewables Fund
Ownership of the Nyngan and Broken Hill solar plants was transferred from AGL Energy to Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF), an infrastructure fund closely associated with but independent to AGL.
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