Big changes are coming to how the national broadband network is powered.
Renewable energy will soon power the nation’s broadband network as construction of the first solar farm begins.
Due to start operations in the second half of 2022, NBN Co expects a solar farm near Wylong in New South Wales to provide about 20% of nationwide broadband connections.
More than 127,000 solar panels will be installed at the site and 150 jobs will be created during the construction phase.
The electricity generated on the site of more than 260 hectares will be enough to power 27,000 homes.
The solar farm is just the first in agreements with a government supplier that it says will help move to 100 percent renewable energy by the end of 2025.
Last year, NBN Co became the 111th Australian company, including retail giant Woolworths and the big four ANZ banks, to join the global RE100 initiative.
Communications Minister Michelle Rowland, who will appear alongside NBN Co’s Gavin Williams at the turf-turning ceremony, congratulated the ISP on the milestone.
“It is critical that Australian organizations and communities find ways to reduce emissions and NBN Co, through its 100% renewable energy commitment, not only reduces emissions, but is also the first Australian telecommunications company and Australian state-owned enterprise to join the global RE100. initiative,” the minister said.
NBN entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with West Wyalong Solar Farm in July 2020.
In a statement, Mr Williams said the turf turn marked a transition from “ambition to action”.
“It is especially gratifying that we are moving from ambition to action and demonstrating through deeds, not words, our commitment to reducing emissions and supporting the country’s transition to a zero-carbon economy,” he said.
“We are determined to help make the network as efficient and resilient as possible.
“As we advance our company’s goal of enhancing Australia’s digital experience, we are not only following the latest advances in climate science, but also playing a role in supporting climate technology and the livelihoods of people working in the new energy industry.”
Originally published as Construction to begin on massive solar farm to power NBN