Australia: AGL's 53 MW PV plant begins operations

When complete, the A$150 million Broken Hill Solar Plant will be Australia’s second largest, after the 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant, also owned by AGL. Both projects are located in New South Wales.

Overall, Broken Hill will comprise 678,000 of First Solar’s thin film PV panels. While the first 26 MW are online and have begun feeding energy into Australia’s national electricity market, the remaining MWs will be added over the coming months.

"Together with its facility at Nyngan, AGL has developed the two largest solar farms in the southern hemisphere here in NSW – valuable assets to our State’s power industry and a sign of our commitment to grow a clean and diverse energy supply," commented NSW Minister for Industry Resources and Energy Anthony Roberts.

He added, "NSW is leading Australia in supporting the clean energy sector, which contributes to lower energy costs and provides employment and investment particularly in regional communities."

The NSW government contributed a total of $64.9 million to both the Broken Hill and Nyngan solar plants, while the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) contributed $166.7 million.