December 5 (Renewables Now) - The New South Wales government has awarded planning approval, with conditions, to the 90-MW West Wyalong solar project that will be later coupled with battery storage.
The AUD-136-million (USD 92.9m/EUR 83.8m) project was proposed by Lightsource Development Services Australia Pty Ltd and was given the status of a “state significant development.” In a statement issued last week, the state government said that its positive decision is based on the potential benefits the scheme would bring to the region. Among those is a proposed energy storage component of 50 MW/90 MWh that will dispatch to the National Energy Market. Overall, the project is seen to “assist in transitioning the electricity sector from coal and gas-fired power stations to renewable energy,” the government said.
The conditions set aim to lower the landscaping and environmental impacts of the power plant and protect public infrastructure during the construction activities.
Once operational, the West Wyalong solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity for about 33,600 homes per year while offsetting more than 190,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Its construction will open up to 300 job positions.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.683/EUR 0.616)