The National Grid is getting more solar panels on the roofs of homes and businesses, after the first of the four-phase projects was completed in 2018.
Solar Energy Australia (SEAA) is building the first three-phase solar project, which will be the largest of its kind in Australia.
The project will involve installing around 20,000 panels on a 200-hectare property in South West NSW.
“It’s very much the first step in a much longer, longer process,” SEAA chief executive Tony Chilton said.
“We have been very clear that this is the first solar project we have undertaken in Australia, and it’s also the first time that we’ve seen solar panels being installed on the roof of the property.”
Mr Chilton says the project is the most efficient solar installation in the country.
“The solar panel is being installed to create a photovoltaic grid on the site, so we’re essentially putting it on the property and turning it into a PV system,” he said.SEAA has been working with the Department of Infrastructure, Trade and Investment to ensure the project meets the requirements of the federal government.
“Solar energy is the answer to climate change, and we’ve got the technology to do it,” Mr Chilton added.
“This project is really the first stage in a long journey, but we are very proud of the work that’s been done in South East NSW to develop the technology, and to meet the regulatory requirements for the project.”
Solar energy was introduced in NSW in 2015, with the state’s energy storage target to be met within the next five years.
The first phase of the project will be completed by 2020.
Solar energy installations are a big deal in Australia due to the rising cost of installing panels.
But in South Australia, where the project was built, the average household will only be paying about $120 a year for their energy storage.
“There’s no real reason why this should be a major issue,” Mr Althorp said.
Solar power in South Africa has been growing in recent years, with an average of 17 gigawatts installed in the past five years, according to the International Energy Agency.
In South Australia the government is investing $12 million in solar power projects.
“South Australia is definitely in the lead in solar,” Mr Koo said.
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