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$380m solar farm proposed for southern NSW


Source: ABC News

An energy company is proposing what would be the biggest solar power plant in New South Wales, in an effort to help Australia meet its renewable energy target.

Photon Energy wants to build a 316-megawatt project at Gunning, near Goulburn on the state's southern tablelands.

It has lodged its initial plans with the NSW Department of Planning, which would involve building hundreds of thousands of solar panels on 590 hectares of land.

The largest operating project in the Southern Hemisphere, the Nyngan Solar Plant in the state's west, is 104 megawatts and the Sunraysia Solar Farm, which was approved near Balranald last month, will be 200 megawatts.

Photon Energy managing director Michael Gartner said the $380 million Gunning project would be significantly bigger than any other project in NSW.

"The reason we've gone to that scale is because we see the need to build very large-scale solar generation systems to supplement the energy requirements of the power grid, as we've moved forward to the energy transformation away from coal to renewable energy," he said.

Mr Gartner said the Gunning district's location between Canberra and Sydney made it ideal for connecting to the electricity grid.

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