20 March 2017
Planned solar farms for Nevertire, Gilgandra, Narrabri and Walgett would create jobs and benefit the economy of Barwon, the Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries said today.
“If approved, the proposals could generate sustainable power and local jobs in these towns,” Mr Humphries said.
“Our aim is for a secure, reliable, affordable and clean energy future and projects such as these are great opportunities that enable us to deliver on this as well as a boon to our local economy.”
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said NSW will increase its national lead in renewable solar power projects with a total of 12 solar farm applications, including what will be the largest solar farm in the southern hemisphere, now in the state’s planning pipeline.
“The new proposals could generate more than 1000 megawatts of solar capacity, enough clean energy supply to power 365,000 homes across NSW.
“The 1000 megawatts is on top of the 660 megawatts that will be generated by 11 other solar farms that the NSW Government has already given the green light since 2011,” Mr Roberts said.
There are already three solar plants in regional NSW that are online – Nyngan, Moree and Broken Hill. Nyngan is currently the biggest operating in the southern hemisphere, generating 100 megawatts for 32,000 homes.
Minister for Resources and Energy and Utilities, Don Harwin, said the projects will provide significant benefits for the state and compliment key Government priorities.
“If approved, these proposals could generate sustainable power and local jobs for towns such as Gilgandra, Hillston, Narrabri, Armidale, Coleambally, Gulgong, Walgett, Jemalong, Balranald, Nyngan and Hay,” he said.
“The Nyngan solar farm alone created 250 construction jobs and provided $330 million in investment.”
“Strengthening the state’s energy security, and developing economic opportunities and boosting jobs in our regions are priorities for this government. When we make this happen through renewable energy projects it’s a win-win for NSW.”