Australia’s Burgeoning Solar Parks

The state of New South Wales (NSW) Australia currently has an estimated population of 7.4 million people. The power plants use fossil fuels (90.9%) and renewable energy (9.1%) to generate electricity in NSW. The fossil fuel power plants primarily use coal. Onshore wind and hydropower are the primary sources of renewable energy in the state.

In October 2018, the NSW government announced the “Emerging Energy Program.” The objectives of the program include enhancing electricity system reliability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The NSW government intends to replace coal-fueled power plants with new, renewable energy projects, such as wind farms and solar parks.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has recently approved Edify Energy’s 275 MW solar farm in Griffith. Edify Energy is a renewable energy that is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The company develops, finances, constructs, and operates solar projects. The solar park will contain over 800,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The solar park is forecast to commence operations by 2020.

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