The Construction Environmental Management Plans for AGL Energy Limited’s (AGL) 53 MW Broken Hill Solar Plant have been approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (Australia) enabling the commencement of construction.
Adam Mackett, AGL’s Project Manager for the Broken Hill Solar Plant, stated:
“Prior to receiving the approval we were doing enabling works such as site establishment and access road works. Now we can move forward with the construction phase of the project. Construction of the solar plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2015."
“We remain committed to continuing to hold regular community information sessions to help ensure the local community is kept informed about the project and also has the opportunity to meet the project team face-to-face to ask any questions they may have.”
AGL will deliver the Broken Hill Solar Plant in partnership with the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the NSW Government, the Broken Hill City Council, the local community and project partners First Solar.
The finished solar plant will consist of over 650,000 solar PV modules, covering an area of approximately 140 hectares.
AGL is one of Australia's integrated energy companies and largest ASX listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio.
AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass.