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900MW Yarrabee Solar Farm in NSW given the go-ahead for construction


Posted by Monica Gameng

New South Wales is one step closer to having its largest solar farm development, with the State Government giving the go-ahead in December 2018 to the construction of the 900MW Yarrabee Solar Farm.

The project - expected to be valued at almost $1 billion - is going to be located approximately 23 kilometres south west of Narrandera in the Riverina region on a 2,600 hectare site. The Yarrabee Solar Farm is set to comprise of up to 3 million solar PV panels that are going to be mounted on 36,000 single-axis tracking systems.

The project will also include the construction of a new high-voltage substation adjacent the existing 330kV Wagga to Darlington Point transmission line.

This new large-scale solar project is also expected to generate local jobs for the region.

“This project will support over 450 construction jobs over the construction period of around four and a half years, providing a significant economic boost to the local economy.

“The project will significantly increase our energy capacity while contributing to a cleaner energy future for our state - a win win,” NSW Energy minister Don Harwin said.

Project developer Reach Solar Energy is anticipating to begin construction of the Yarrabee Solar Farm early this year.

Once operational, the large-scale solar farm is expected to generate enough renewable energy to meet the electricity demands of up to 315,000 homes.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald; Renew Economy; PV Magazine; Yarrabee Solar Farm

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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