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First Modules Installed at Broken Hill Solar Plant

Posted 7 May 2015 10:16 PM by Ewan Norton Smith

Australia’s solar industry has reached another major milestone with the installation of the first advanced photovoltaic (PV) modules at the 53 megawatt (MW) Broken Hill Solar Plant in regional New South Wales (NSW).

With a higher energy yield than traditional crystalline silicon modules, particularly in hot climates as experienced in NSW, First Solar’s advanced PV modules have set the industry benchmark for utility-scale solar generation in Australia. In the coming months, over 650,000 modules will be installed at the 140 hectare project site.

First Solar is proud to partner with project developer and owner AGL Energy Limited, providing engineering, procurement, construction and plant maintenance for the Broken Hill Solar Plant in addition to its sister project, the 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant. The two plants, worth $440 million combined, are being constructed with $166.7 million funding support from ARENA and $64.9 million from the NSW Government.

The Broken Hill Solar Plant has met all major project milestones to-date, with completion on track for November this year. Together, the Nyngan and Broken Hill projects will produce approximately 360,000 megawatts per hour (MWh) of electricity – enough to power 50,000 average NSW homes with clean, renewable energy. Once complete, the two plants will be Australia’s largest utility-scale solar projects.