New South Wales approves West Wyalong solar farm

10 May 2019 (Last Updated May 10th, 2019 16:21)

The New South Wales (NSW) Government in Australia has approved a 100MW solar farm located in West Wyalong.

The New South Wales (NSW) Government in Australia has approved a 100MW solar farm located in West Wyalong.

Construction on the new $130m solar facility is likely to start by the end of this year or by early 2020, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

According to ESCO Pacific, construction is expected to take about nine months. The solar farm will have the capacity to generate enough energy to power up to 37,500 homes in the region.

NSW Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said: “These solar projects have already contributed to communities throughout the Riverina and are also supporting the creation of thriving renewable energy industry in NSW.”

“The Wyalong Solar Farm has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing overall emissions and put downward pressure on prices.”

West Wyalong solar farm is expected to create 150 employment opportunities in the region during the construction phase. Upon completion, the solar farm is expected to help NSW meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

NSW Energy and the Environment Minister Matt Kean said: “We are committed to delivering affordable and reliable energy for the people of NSW, while also reducing emissions and acting on climate change.

“The Wyalong Solar Farm has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing overall emissions and put downward pressure on prices.

“We have a booming solar industry in NSW, which will become a vital part of our energy mix as we transition to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.”

The NSW Government has given clearance to 26 solar projects throughout the state since 2017. This has resulted in the creation of 4,500 construction jobs and helped support about $3.4bn (A$5bn) investment in regional and rural NSW.