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Solar farm heats up

Saturday, 11th July, 2015

The Broken Hill Solar Plant off the Adelaide road, looking north. The Broken Hill Solar Plant off the Adelaide road, looking north.

The Broken Hill Solar Plant is on track with half of the plant’s modules installed.

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) also confirmed yesterday that the construction of the Broken Hill Solar Plant was running on schedule.

More than 300,000 modules have been out in and the first generation of power from the plant is expected in a few months.

Project Manager Adam Mackett said it would be fully operational by the end of the year.

“We currently have around 150 people working on site, with approximately half from the local region,” he said.

The $150 million plant is about five kilometres southwest of Broken Hill and covers an area of about 140 hectares.

Once fully operational the plant will produce enough renewable energy to power 17,000 homes a year.

Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said it was great to see the project going ahead.

“Renewable energy is booming globally, with more than a million jobs created last year and clean energy investment out pacing fossil fuels,” she said.

“Reaching the halfway mark to completion sends a strong message about solar energy’s potential in Australia to not just help us tackle climate change by transitioning away from fossil fuels but also to deliver clean, renewable power to Australians and jobs to regional communities.

“If the right policy settings were put in place, the sky’s the limit as to how far renewable energy could go in Australia.”

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