NSW govt approves 100MW solar farm in West Wyalong, Australia
May 11, 2019 – The Government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has granted approval for a 100MW solar farm in West Wyalong that has the potential to save up to 212,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce overall emissions.
After completion, the West Wyalong solar farm is expected to help NSW meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.
The new solar farm is also expected to generate 150 jobs during construction and generate renewable energy to power up to 37,500 homes.
The NSW Government has approved 26 solar projects across the state since 2017, providing 4,500 construction jobs and supporting $5bn investment in regional and rural NSW.
According to Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes, the West Wyalong solar farm will add to the growing hub of solar energy projects in the Riverina region, boosting the economy and diversifying industry for the region.
Stokes said: “These solar projects have already contributed to communities throughout the Riverina and are also supporting the creation of a thriving renewable energy industry in NSW.”
Energy and the Environment Minister Matt Kean said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Lightsource BP has also planned to fund, develop and operate a 248MW solar installation on an approximately 560-hectare block of land in West Wyalong.
The company submitted an application for planning permission for the solar installation in February 2019.
The proposed solar installation is expected to generate clean and renewable energy to power 85,572 local homes, saving 420,346 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
The project is expected to create 350 skilled construction jobs during construction as well as three on-going roles.
The site is currently used for crops, and the solar installation is being designed to preserve the land for agricultural co-use alongside solar energy generation through sheep grazing.