Greens congratulate AGL on Broken Hill solar milestone

MEDIA RELEASE – 18 September 2015

The Greens NSW regional renewable energy spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today congratulated AGL, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the NSW government and First Solar on reaching the milestone of feeding 26 megawatts of solar power into the grid from the 53 megawatt Broken Hill Solar Plant.

“The Greens congratulate AGL and First Solar on reaching the major milestone of feeding clean solar energy into the grid and will push for a rapid expansion of solar power in NSW,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The potential of solar power is so vast in our sunburnt country, so it is great to finally see significant developments being built.

“Solar plants like those built or under construction at Broken Hill, Nyngan and Moree should be a key component of both our energy system and regional economies.

“I toured the Nyngan solar plant recently and was very impressed by its low impact on the environment and the scale of the industry.

“As coal mining and coal-fired electricity generation collapses in Australia, solar and wind energy can help provide regional jobs and economic activity, while also protecting us from dangerous climate change.

“I hope the departure of Tony Abbott and ascension of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister will see federal support for the renewable energy resume and more projects like the Broken Hill solar plant commence,” Mr Buckingham said.

 

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