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Biggest solar plants in Aust completed


Source: The Australian, 21 Jan 2016

Solar plants capable of powering more than 50,000 homes have been completed in western NSW.

Solar plants large enough to power the Sydney suburb of Bondi 10 times over have been completed in western NSW.

Constructed by energy giant AGL and solar developer First Solar, the plants at Nyngan and Broken Hill will collectively produce 155 megawatts of electricity and power more than 50,000 homes.

The two plants, consisting of more than two million solar panels in total, are the largest and second largest solar plants in Australia respectively.

Combined, they cover 390 hectares of land, or almost 800 football fields.

The NSW government provided almost $65 million towards the two plants, while the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) provided more than $165 million.

NSW Energy Minister Anthony Roberts said the plants would provide local communities with affordable and sustainable energy for many years.