Renewable energy plan a game changer

Broken Hill City Council, New South Wales, has welcomed a plan by TransGrid that could see the city powered entirely by renewable energy.

Under the plan Broken Hill would become one of the world’s largest mini grids supplied by solar, wind and grid-scale storage.

A Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR) by TransGrid recommends a new backup supply arrangement that would establish grid-scale storage to leverage the wind and solar generation at Broken Hill.

The plan would see the construction of large scale storage facilities to support the existing wind and solar resources in the region.

The upgrade would mean Broken Hill would no longer be reliant on diesel turbines for back up supply in the event of a power outage.

Mayor, Darriea Turley AM, said the project aligned perfectly with Council’s vision to embrace the renewable energy industry.

“A big focus of our Advocacy Strategy is to enable renewable energy projects in our region, and our own Sustainability Strategy calls for Broken Hill to be entirely powered by renewables by 2030.

“This project would catapult the city toward realising those goals.”