The Department of Planning and Environment in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has approved four new solar projects in the western portion of the state.

The portfolio has a combined generation capacity of 275MW and has the potential to power more than 100,000 homes.

Anthony Roberts, minister for planning and housing, noted that the four projects, which will be developed at Nevertire, Walgett, Gilgandra and Metz, would create up to 645 construction jobs.

Roberts noted: “NSW’s four new solar farms will have capacity to supply 275MW of energy to the grid for NSW communities, businesses and services. NSW continues to lead Australia in large-scale solar. We are committed to our country’s Renewable Energy Target and the state’s Renewable Energy Action Plan, and we are well on the way toward the 20% target for renewable energy by 2020.

“Our focus is on ensuring energy security and affordability for our communities, businesses and services.”

With the addition of these four new solar farms, the department has now approved 16 new large-scale solar projects across NSW.

Roberts continued: “When the four new farms begin operation, NSW’s 16 large-scale solar farms will generate sustainable power for 423,000 households, with a combined capacity for 1,131MW of renewable energy.”

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