8 September, 2016

ARENA grants will fast-track critical switch to renewables in NSW

Grants for large-scale solar photovoltaic projects announced today by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency demonstrate the importance of maintaining ARENA’s funding to fast-track Australia‘s switch to a clean-energy future. [1]

“Without the seed funding provided through ARENA, these vital large-scale solar PV projects would not get off the ground,” said NCC CEO Kate Smolski.

“It is critical that the Turnbull Government maintains ARENA’s funding to ensure we do everything we can to fast-track our transition from old dirty coal-fired power generation technology to clean, modern renewables.

“ARENA is playing a vital role providing bridge funding for projects that will make large-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) more competitive by increasing confidence and building supply chains.

“Today’s funding will not only help us end our dependency on dirty coal, it will also provide a significant boost for the economies of Parkes, Manildra, Griffith, Dubbo, and Glen Innes.”

NSW LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS BEING FUNDED BY ARENA

Project

Location

MW

ARENA Funding

Project Budget

Parkes Solar Farm

Parkes

50.6

$7.5m

$107.9m

Manildra Solar Farm

Manildra

42.5

$10.9m

$109.3m

Griffith Solar Farm

Griffith

25

$5m

$54.6m

Dubbo Solar Farm

Dubbo

24.2

$5.5m

$55.6m

White Rock Solar Farm

Glen Innes

20

$6m

$44.5m

TOTAL

 

162.3

$34.9m

$371.9m

 

Ms Smolski said NSW was trailing most of Australia in terms of per capita renewable energy generation, and urged the government to lift its game.

“We need state and federal governments to promote the growth of renewables to achieve 100% clean electricity generation by 2035,” Ms Smolski said.

“Currently the people of NSW are Australia’s biggest losers when it comes to renewables. Less than 8% of our electricity currently generated from renewable sources, mostly hydro, placing us behind other Australian states. [2]

"We have the skills and knowhow in NSW to make the state a leader in renewable technology and cash in on the renewables boom that is sweeping the world.

“By kick-starting these renewable energy projects, ARENA is helping to grow clean, safe jobs in regional communities and drive the decentralisation of electricity generation. We need to see much more of this sensible investment in our future.”

[1] http://arena.gov.au/media/historic-day-australian-solar-12-new-plants-get-support/

[2] National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting scheme (NGER), Designated Generation Facilities Report 2014-15 http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/NGER/Pages/default.aspx

 

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