AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies and largest ASX listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country.
The Broken Hill Solar Farm
Broken Hill has one of the highest levels of solar radiation in NSW, making it an ideal location for a solar power plant. The city has a large population with several mines located nearby, meaning there is significant need for electrical power in the region. An existing substation is located near the project site, allowing for relatively efficient connection into the electrical grid.
The site is located approximately five kilometres southwest of the Broken Hill township, adjacent to Willyama Common. The solar plant occupies approximately 140 hectares of land bounded by the Barrier Highway to the north and the Peterborough-Broken Hill rail line to the south. The site is Crown Land administered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Catchment and Lands Division.
On an annual basis, the Broken Hill Solar Plant will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of approximately 17,000 average New South Wales homes.
The solar plant will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 105,840 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum, assuming a rate of 0.84 tonnes per MWh of electricity. This is roughly equivalent to removing approximately 29,000 cars from the road. Particulate and heavy metal emissions will also be reduced