AGL major sponsor of 2015 Nyngan Ag Expo

AGL Energy Limited (AGL) is proud to be the naming sponsor for the 23rd AGL Nyngan Ag Expo and is looking forward to a very successful event on Saturday, 1 August 2015.

Building on our previous support of this event AGL has also committed to continuing as the naming rights sponsor of the annual Nyngan Ag Expo for the next two years.

AGL Project Manager for the Nyngan Solar Plant, Adam Mackett, said the AGL Nyngan Ag Expo is a major event on the community calendar and AGL is delighted to be involved again.

“Each year the Ag Expo has gone from strength to strength and we believe this year’s event will be no exception. It’s an ideal opportunity for locals and the regional community to come together and see new agricultural technology as well as other areas of interest such as motor vehicle displays, fashion and food.

“We strongly believe it’s important to support the communities in which we operate and are pleased that funds raised on the day of the expo will go to supporting community groups within the Nyngan and Bogan Shire area,” said Mr Mackett.

AGL will also be supporting this year’s NAIDOC Week in Nyngan with the AGL team helping out at the community day on Friday, 31 July 2015.

“With the 102 MW Nyngan Solar Plant achieving full generation last month we’re glad to be able to continue to play an active role within the local community.

“We are especially pleased the project, which we have delivered in partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the NSW Government, Bogan Shire Council and the local community, as well project construction partner First Solar, has provided many local workers with the opportunity to enhance their skills as well as provide an economic boost to the regional economy,” explained Mr Mackett.

About AGL
AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies and is the largest ASX-listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including solar, hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass. AGL is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for our investors, communities and customers.
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About the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
ARENA was established by the Australian Government to make renewable energy technologies more affordable and increase the amount of renewable energy used in Australia. ARENA invests in renewable energy projects, supports research and development activities, boosts job creation and industry development, and increases knowledge about renewable energy. ARENA is currently supporting more than 200 projects and is actively seeking new projects to support.
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About NSW Government support for renewable energy
The NSW Government supports the development and uptake of the renewable energy in the state. The NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan will be the main driver for increasing the uptake of renewable energy in the state. The plan’s three goals and 24 actions will guide NSW’s renewable energy development and support the national target of achieving 20% electricity from renewable sources by 2020 at least cost to the energy customer and with maximum benefits to NSW.
The NSW Regional Clean Energy Program (RCEP) and the Renewable Energy Advocate will work closely with NSW communities and the renewable energy industry to facilitate the development of renewable energy projects, increase renewable energy generation in NSW and help remove barriers and promote investment in renewable energy.
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About First Solar, Inc.
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com