The 347MW Limondale project, near Balranald, will be first of the rank, with construction works due to  start in the second quarter of this year. Full commercial operation is expected by the end of 2019.

The 115MW Hillston project, north of Hay in the south-west of the state, is expected to begin construction by the third quarter and be in full commercial operation by the end of 2019.

 

 

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  1. Steve159 says

    AGL will be ecstatic — with the influx of all this solar they might be able to decommission their aging clunker (Liddell) earlier than slated. And save millions in maintenance costs.

    • GlennM says

      Yes expect to see a PPA announcement before the end of the year. It seems that “the market” is providing all AGL will need

      • Steve159 says

        Agree, as a gen-tailer, they can shift their generation from that clunker to PPAs, and retail same as, smooth as. Question is if under present settlement rules, whether the mountain of cash they’re earning (when Liddell is running) is out-pacing their maintenance bill, which I understand will run into hundreds of millions before it’s decommissioned. All of which is compounded by all that solar putting downward pressure on wholesale prices, undermining the viability of that clunker.

  2. Craig Allen says

    It’s unfortunate that with Australian companies dragging the chain and focussed on coal and digging up other rocks for unprocessed export we’ll end up with a large chunk of our power generation owned by foreign companies

    • Rod says

      We have so much capital in this Country looking for a place to call home and these projects returning 7%-10% would be snapped up by local investors.

        • Rod says

          Yes, opportunities are there via ethical funds. I would prefer direct investment. I had a look at clearsky (but missed the last opportunity window)
          I think an aggregated investment into tracking solar farms would be a great investment.

          • solarguy says

            Sounds like a good idea if it checks out, especially if it has storage!

            Now you have me thinking.

  3. Roger Franklin says

    Always wondered why our superannuation funds are not getting into funding renewable energy projects? Anyone have any idea’s? Getting tired of reading about how our next generation of power companies are all being bought by foreign companies.

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