Dubbo Solar Hub on track for 2017 completion, says Mark Coulton

A solar project in Dubbo that received $5.5 million in federal government funding could be completed by the end of next year, according to Parkes MP Mark Coulton.

Mr Coulton said the owners of the Dubbo Solar Hub, Neoen Australia, were in the process of finalising terms to deliver the project.

Mr Coulton also said around 120 new jobs would be created during construction of the Dubbo project, which has sites in Dubbo and Narromine.

The $5.5 million in funding was handed out through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and was part of a $100 million funding round.

Neoen was also successful in winning funding for two other projects at Parkes and Griffith.

“The [Dubbo] project will create an estimated 120 new jobs during construction – many of them in the local Dubbo region,” Mr Coulton said.

“The new 24.2 MW plant will generate enough energy to power 8,062 average Australian homes.”

Six plants in Queensland, five plants in New South Wales and one plant in Western Australia were slated for support through the funding round, tripling Australia’s big solar capacity from 240 MW to 720 MW.

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