It’s famous for its Elvis Festival and a telescope dish that helped put man on the moon.
But now Parkes, in central west NSW is about to become famous for something else altogether: solar power.
Popping up on a property next door to the town’s mayor, the Parkes Solar Farm will come online towards the end of 2017. When it does, it will power the town’s annual Elvis festival and a whole lot more.
The solar development, one of 12 being supported by ARENA as part of its recent competitive round, will generate approximately 138,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electricity into the national power grid each year.
This generation will be equivalent to taking either 38,000 cars off the road or planting 195,000 trees, producing enough electricity to power approximately 21,000 homes.
Find out more information by going to www.arena.gov.au
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