Solar plants gets full focus
Saturday, 18th April, 2015
By Darrin Manuel
With the finishing touches being added to the Nyngan solar plant, First Solar can now turn its full attention to its Broken Hill project.
First Solar, ARENA, and AGL yesterday joined NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts, and NSW Minister for the Environment Mark Speakman in Nyngan for the installation of their plant’s final panel.
First Solar’s Regional Manager for Asia Pacific, Jack Curtis, said Broken Hill could only benefit from the completion of the Nyngan project.
While the Broken Hill solar plant was already well resourced, Mr Curtis said project leaders could now focus solely on Broken Hill.
The experience and lessons learned from construction in Nyngan would also be put to use locally, ensuring that Broken Hill’s 53-megawatt plant is “even more successful than anticipated”.
“It positions the Broken Hill project even better,” he said.
“I just caught up with the progress manager this morning and she’s very impressed with the progress ... we’re very confident it will be completed on or before time, and as conceived.”
The Broken Hill Solar Plant is currently under construction and meeting all major project milestones, and is due to be completed in November this year.
It will feature First Solar’s advanced panels which have a higher energy yield than traditional crystalline silicon modules and are particularly suited to hot climates.
“First Solar’s modules have dramatically improved in efficiency in recent years and this project demonstrates the increasing commercial competitiveness of our technology,” said Mr Curtis.
Both solar plant projects are supported by $166.7 million funding from ARENA and $64.9 million from the NSW Government.