Australian Wind Alliance

Political Madness: Renewables ready to plug in

13 September 2017

3,600 megawatts of new wind and solar farms are ready to play their part in replacing the 1680 MW capacity of Liddell power station when it closes in 2022, the Australian Wind Alliance said.

Over 1,000 MW of wind and solar farms are already being built in New South Wales with a further 2,600 MW of wind and solar projects approved and ready to be built (see figures below).

“Cheap renewables combined with modern solutions like batteries and demand management will keep the system reliable and lower power bills.

“New wind and solar farms will be spread across the state and generate power at different times so their output is highly predictable and dependable.

“Speedy 1 - 2 year construction periods mean these projects can be up and running by 2022.

“The biggest danger of blackouts we face is the inability of government to deliver policy that supports the transition to clean energy that is already happening.

“You can’t fix engineering problems with politics.

“The government’s obsession with coal and schoolyard name calling is putting politics ahead of Australian households, while power bills continue to rise.

“The worst response to spiralling energy bills and a fragile system would be to prop up an old clunker like Liddell.

“Liddell is the oldest and least reliable plant in Australia’s energy grid. It broke down when we needed it most at the height of the February NSW heatwave.

 

NSW Wind and solar projects

13th September 2017

Under construction

  • 5 wind farms - 867 MW
  • 5 solar farms - 210 MW

Total - 1077 MW

Approved

  • 11 Wind Farms - 1547 MW
  • 17 Solar Farms - 1115 MW

Total - 2677 MW

Approved Wind Farms

Southern Tablelands

Project

Developer

 Region

Turbines

MW

Capital II

Infigen

Southern Tablelands

41

90

Flyers Creek

Infigen

Central Tablelands

42

145

Coppabella

Goldwind

Southern Tablelands

79

266

Biala

Newtricity

Southern Tablelands

31

100

Conroy’s Gap

Epuron

Southern Tablelands

15

30

Rye Park

Tilt

Southern Tablelands

92

276

Boco Rock II

CWP Renewables

Southern Tablelands

55

93.5

Collector

RATCH

Southern Tablelands

63

214

Glen Innes

Nexif

Northern Tablelands

25

75

White Rock 2

Goldwind

Northern Tablelands

49

122.5

Crudine Ridge

CWP Renewables

Central Tablelands

77

135

TOTAL

11

 

569

1547

Approved Solar Farms

Project

Region

MW

Bomen Solar Energy System

Riverina

22

Capital Solar

South East

50

Gidginbung Solar Farm

Riverina

15

Goonumbla Solar Farm

Central West

70

Gullen Solar Farm

South East

10

Gunnedah Solar Farm

North West

27

Kyoto Energy Park

Hunter

137

Limondale Solar

Western

250

Metz Solar Park

Northern Tablelands

100

Moree Solar Farm and Subdivision

North West

4

Narromine Solar PV Farm

Central West

11

Nevertire Solar

Central West

105

Riverina Solar

Riverina

30

Sunraysia Solar

Western

200

Walgett

North West

30

Western plains Solar Energy System

Central West

29

Molong Solar Farm

Central Tablelands

25

Total

 

1115

Nationally, as at May 2017, 5,600 MW wind and solar capacity was under construction in Australia - enough to replace Hazelwood's annual output 1.3 times

http://reneweconomy.com.au/know-your-nem-5-6gw-of-new-wind-and-solar-under-construction-45219/

Data compiled with assistance from Nature Conservation Council NSW.

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