The Broken Hill breakdown.

AGL Energy’s (AGL) solar power plant in Broken Hill has just started producing power. As it starts to benefit homes and businesses in the local area, we look at why it’s such a big deal.

In western NSW – just near the South Australian border – Broken Hill sits. A town, steeped in Australia’s rich outback history, is now famous for one more thing: Australia’s second largest solar plant that will produce enough renewable energy to power more than 17,000 homes annually and bring Australia a step closer to its clean energy future.

Construction of the 53 MW Broken Hill solar plant commenced in July 2014. AGL is delivering the plant as well as the 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant with $166.7 million funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and $64.9 million from the NSW Government.

The plant occupies around 140 hectares of land (that’s 75 Sydney Cricket Grounds) bounded by the Barrier Highway to the north and the Peterborough-Broken Hill rail line to the south.

So what else do you need to know?

As well as getting solar power from the grid, AGL offers solar panel technology for your home.