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Regional Snapshot

Milestones

  • Australia's largest agriculturally integrated solar PV facility – Mugga Lane Solar Park (13MW)
  • World’s largest parabolic solar thermal dish concentrator – ANU Big Dish (500m2)
  • Australia’s largest hydro-electric generator – Snowy Mountains Scheme (4,100MW)
  • World’s largest bioreactor landfill project – Woodlawn Bioreactor (waste to energy)
  • ACT 'Solar Highway' – Fifty kilometres of road ... Four solar farms ... 174,340 solar panels (Mt Majura, Mugga Lane, Royalla and Williamsdale)
  • NSW’s largest operating wind energy generator – Gullen Range Wind Farm (165.5MW)
  • Southern Hemisphere‘s largest geothermal heat pump – Geoscience Australia (2.5MW)
  • Australia's largest community-owned solar farm project – SolarShare Canberra (1.26MW)

Large-Scale Renewable Energy Generation Capacity

As at January 2016, the south east NSW-ACT region has some 5,000 MW of installed large-scale renewable energy generation capacity across a number of commercialised technologies:

Solar PV – 20.2 MW

Royalla Solar Farm (20 MW) Mugga Lane Solar Park (13 MW) Williamsdale Solar Farm (11.2 MW) Mount Majura Solar Farm (2 MW) Amaroo School Rooftop Solar (600kW) Capital East Solar Farm (137 kW)  Tathra Community Solar Farm (30 kW) 

Bioenergy – 40.1 MW

Visy Biomass Cogeneration Plant (30 MW)  Woodlawn Bioreactor (6 MW) ACT Landfill Gas Projects (3.1 MW)  Shoalhaven Landfill Gas Project (1 MW)

Wind – 656 MW

Gullen Range (165.5 MW)  Capital (140.7 MW)  Boco Rock Wind Farm (113 MW) Taralga Wind Farm (107 MW)  Woodlawn (48.3 MW) Gunning (46.5 MW) Cullerin Range (30 MW)  Crookwell (4.8 MW)

Hydro – 4,376 MW

Snowy Mountains Scheme (4,100 MW)  Shoalhaven (240 MW) Burrinjuck (28 MW)  Brown Mountain (5.4 MW)  Googong Mini-Hydro (600 kW)

Employment

There is an estimated 600 Direct Jobs in the operations and maintenance of these large-scale renewable energy generators.

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes estimates there are 13,000 jobs supported by renewable energy in NSW, mostly in regional areas.

Under Construction

Several utility-scale renewable energy generation facilities are currently under construction in the south east NSW-ACT region:

Gullen Range Solar Farm

Crookwell 2 Wind Farm

Future Projects

Some 3,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy generation projects are at various stages along the development pipeline – totaling some $6 billion in potential investment for the region.

If fully actualised, this would generate an estimated 3,500 jobs during the construction phase and over 300 ongoing operations and maintenance jobs in south east NSW-ACT.

NB: Recognising that the above information is provided by third parties, SERREE takes no responsibility for its accuracy, currency and reliability.