Thursday, 21st January, 2016
AGL plans to build a “renewable education centre” overlooking the local solar plant.
In Broken Hill, during the plant’s construction, around $15 million was injected into the local community.
“Recognising the potential of the solar plants to lead to increased tourism and economic benefits for the Nyngan and Broken Hill communities we will build an information and education facility at each site as a legacy to support tourism,” AGL Managing Director and CEO Andy Vesey said.
“We are in the early stages of planning these facilities and look forward to working with the local councils and communities to progress these plans.”
AGL’s Manager Power Development Adam Mackett said the company wanted to show its commitment to the community.
“During construction, we realised we wanted to continue the benefit to the Broken Hill community,” Mr Mackett said.
“We saw there was potential for more tourism.
“We decided to create an idea for a viewing platform. It is in the very early stages.
“We need to seek development approval from Council and Roads and Maritime Services.
“The location is so noticeable, we thought it would be great to showcase a pullover area off the Barrier Highway.”
Mr Mackett hopes the viewing area could provide information and statistics on the solar plant.
“When people come and see Broken Hill, they can also learn about the solar plant.
“We receive lots of letters from people asking if they can visit the plant.
“AGL want to be able to provide an ongoing legacy.”
AGL will look to find a natural vantage point for the platform that will be a feature of the Broken Hill plant.
“As the plant is so visible from the Barrier Highway, we wanted to make that commitment.
“The Nyngan plant is one kilometre off the road and it doesn’t face the road.
“We will look at some sort of building for the Nyngan plant.”
Since becoming operational in July (Nyngan) and December (Broken Hill) 2015, both plants combined have generated over 200,000 MWh of renewable energy, which is enough to power around 34,000 average Australian homes.