Broken Hill solar plant on track

The first module was installed at AGL’s Broken Hill Solar Plant. Photo: courtesy of AGL.

The first module was installed at AGL’s Broken Hill Solar Plant. Photo: courtesy of AGL

By Emma Brown

May 14, 2015

THE first of 650,000 solar photovoltaic modules has been installed at AGL Energy’s $150 million Broken Hill Solar Plant in western NSW.

Project manager Adam Mackett said construction was on track for the 53MW plant, which will have the capacity to power 71,000 homes per annum.

“The plant is really starting to take shape with 100 per cent of the steel posts and almost all of the tables which hold the advanced thin-film PV modules now in place,” Mr Mackett said.

“We currently have around 85 people working on site and more than 50 per cent of them are from the local region. The workforce is expected to rise to approximately 150 people during peak construction.”

The Broken Hill Solar Plant is supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the NSW Government, the Broken Hill City Council and First Solar.

It is AGL’s second solar plant in NSW; the Nyngan Solar Plant will be operational by July 2015.

When complete, the two plants will be Australia’s largest utility-scale solar projects.