Australia’s New South Wales government has issued a permit for the largest solar farm in the state to date.
The 900 MW Yarrabee solar farm is being developed by Reach Solar and will be developed in stages. The first 300 MW phase will start generating energy in 2020.
“When built, this new solar farm will have the capacity to power a city nearly twice the size of Newcastle,” said NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin in a media release.
Harwin added that the Yarrabee project would increase energy capacity, contribute to a cleaner energy future for the state and provide more than 450 jobs during its construction phase.
Development of the full 900 MW solar farm will be dependent on a number of conditions being met, including power purchase agreements and adequate transmission capacity. The project could include up to 35 MW/70 MWh of energy storage, according to planning documents submitted by the developer.
The solar farm will be located at Yarrabee Park, 23 km from the Narrandera in the Riverina region.
Reach Energy is also developing the Bungala solar farm, in South Australia. The first stage of that 220 MW project was connected to the grid in May 2018 and the second stage in late 2018.