The NSW Government has approved the construction of the Sunraysia solar project in Balranald which, once complete, could become the largest solar farm in the southern hemisphere. 

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, and Minister for Resources and Energy, Don Harwin, said the clean energy project in far western NSW would power more than 76,000 homes and boost local employment with 250 construction jobs. 

“NSW has outdone itself in large-scale solar. The Sunraysia Solar Farm will have capacity for 200 megawatts of energy, twice the size of Nyngan Solar Farm – the largest operating solar farm in the Southern Hemisphere,” Mr Roberts said. 

“The state already has three operational solar plants in Nyngan, Moree and Broken Hill. Together they are generating sustainable power for76,000 households, with a combined capacity for more than 200 megawatts of renewable energy. 

“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”. 

Minister Harwin added NSW is still leading the country in large-scale solar and Balranald is becoming an attractive place for the renewable energy investment. “Sunny Balranald is an ideal location for solar projects and has spare capacity on its electricity network. 

“It may even become home to two of the largest solar farms in the country, if a proposal for Limondale Solar Farm is approved, with further capacity for 240 megawatts of energy. 

“Strengthening the state’s energy security, and developing economic opportunities and boosting jobs in our regions are priorities for this government. When we make this happen through renewable energy projects it’s a win-win for NSW.”