Broken Hill solar plant looking East. Credit: ARENA
Solar developers AGL Energy and First Solar have completed Australia’s two largest solar PV plants at Nyngan (102MW) and Broken Hill (53MW), which included AU$166.7 million support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The two plants can produce roughly 360,000 MWh of electricity per year.
Jack Curtis, First Solar’s regional manager for Asia Pacific, said: “In many parts of the world, solar energy is already cost-competitive with conventional generation. Considering the substantial and sustained cost reductions in the solar industry and the lessons learnt at projects like Nyngan and Broken Hill, it is inevitable that utility-scale solar projects in Australia will compete on an unsubsidised basis, in the near future.”
Nyngan Solar plant. Credit: First Solar