Since Nyngan has had the maximum 100MW approved, then (if they all are approved and all go to the maximum as for Nyngan) there could potentially be another 250-300MW (depending on Mildura's size) in the pipeline.
Australia has probably the best insolation levels of anywhere in the world, plus they have the highest CO2 emissions per capita of anywhere in the world. Those are good reasons for using solar PV. Let's see if Dr Shi can expand this market too, he has certainly made a very good start.
NSW's first solar farm will be built in the state's west, covering some 200ha and generating enough energy to power 20,000 homes.
The state government announced today that approval had been granted for the farm at Nyngan, which will see 70 blocks of solar panels installed between one and three metres above the ground, feeding power directly into the grid.
"Today's approval of the $300 million project is a milestone in the state's bid to promote renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Planning Minister Tony Kelly said in a statement issued on Sunday.
Located in a "hot and dry" area, in optimum conditions the farm will have a 100-megawatt capacity, Infigen Suntech Australia, the developer of the solar project, says.
Energy will enter the existing Nyngan substation.
The farm was approved with numerous conditions, including that the farm have a "low visual impact", requiring landscaping.