Twelve new renewable solar power projects, including what could be the largest in the southern hemisphere, are in NSW's planning pipeline.
If approved, the proposed solar farms will generate:
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said NSW was continuing to lead with solar research and innovation, in order to reach the national renewable energy target of 23.5 per cent by 2020.
“The 1000 megawatts is on top of the 660 megawatts that will be generated by 11 other solar farms that the NSW Government has already given the green light since 2011,” Mr Roberts said.
Three large-scale solar plants in regional NSW are currently operating, at Nyngan, Moree and Broken Hill.
The Nyngan solar farm is currently the biggest operating plant in the southern hemisphere, generating 106 megawatts for 32,000 homes. It has also created 250 construction jobs and provided $330 million in investment.
The proposed Sunraysia solar farm at Balranald, in the Riverina, is expected to produce double the solar energy of Nyngan.
Solar projects across NSW
Solar farms that are up and running:
Solar farms approved by the NSW Government since 2011:
Solar farms proposed by the NSW Government in 2017: