Nyngan Solar Farm, New South Wales, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sat May 16 2020 08:02:37 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 102 MW
    generation capacity of the Nyngan Solar Farm located approximately 10 kilometres west of the Nyngan township in New South Wales, Australia.
  • 233 GWh
    proposed to be generated per year.
  • 33,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 195,700 tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is operational.
  • 250
    hectares of land on an agricultural property to the north of the Barrier Highway. The project site is flat, rural land with a good buffer from Nyngan and nearby residents. The existing Nyngan - Cobar 132kV transmission line is located just south of the site, allowing for relatively efficient connection into the electrical grid.
  • 1,350,000
    First Solar's advanced cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules will be used. The modules will be installed at a fixed (non-tracking) tilt, at a 25 degree angle, and will face north.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: AGEL Energy, EPC: First Solar, Distribution: AGL Energy.
  • $300 million
    estimated project cost.
  • $166 million
    grant funding provided by ARENA. A further $64.9m was provided by the New South Wales government.
  • 150
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    jobs during operational phase.
  • Jan 2014
    Start of construction.
  • Jul 2014
    The first photovoltaic panels installed.
  • 20 Apr 2015
    Commissioning of the farm.
  • 20 Jan 2016
    Official opening of the farm. The construction though was completed in Apr 2015.
  • 26 Jun 2017
    The viewing platform officially opened today - image shows the view from the platform. Image courtesy: Andy Vesey