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Maoneng Australia receives approval to build biggest solar farm in Southern Hemisphere

NSW will continue to lead Australia in large-scale solar projects with the green light given to developing what could be the biggest solar farm in the southern hemisphere in the state's Riverina region.

Construction for the Sunraysia solar project in Balranald has been approved by the NSW government.

It will have the capacity to generate 200 megawatts of energy, which is twice the size of the Nyngan Solar Farm - the current largest operating solar farm in the southern hemisphere.

'NSW has outdone itself in large-scale solar,' NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said in a statement on Thursday.

The Balranald solar farm will power more than 76,000 homes and will create 250 construction jobs when it becomes the state's fourth operational solar plant.

Other plants are operating in Nyngan, Moree and Broken Hill.

'Together they are generating sustainable power for 76,000 households, with a combined capacity (to generate) more than 200 megawatts of renewable energy,' Mr Roberts said.

'NSW is continuing to lead with solar research and innovation, and we are maximising investment under the national renewable energy target of 23.5 per cent by 2020.'

Balranald could become home to a second solar farm if the proposed Limondale project is also approved.

Click here for a fly-through of the proposed Sunraysia Solar Farm

Source: Sky News


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