ACEN Australia inaugurates the first phase of 720 MW solar project in NSW

ACEN Australia has begun construction on stage I of the 720 MW New England Solar project in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Australia’s Federal Minister for Climate Change, officially opened the project. The NSW state government approved the project’s first of two stages, which has a 400 MW capacity in 2020. This stage includes about one million solar panels and has been under development since March 2021.

New England Solar is located near Uralla in the New England Renewable Energy Zone in New South Wales. Reportedly,  New England Solar is considered to be one of Australia’s largest solar projects, participating in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The Australian Energy Market Organisation officially registered the project to transmit power into the NEM in December 2021. According to ACEN Australia,the solar facility is being developed with the support of host landholders, First Nations people and the Uralla community.

Earlier this month, BrightNight joined forces with ACEN to accelerate the development of 1.2 GW renewable energy portfolios in India. The companies would collaborate to develop hybrid wind-solar projects with energy storage facilities for central and state power utilities. Additionally, these initiatives would provide electricity to industrial and commercial customers.