AGL and SunDrive to explore solar panel manufacturing at Hunter Energy Hub

AGL and SunDrive to explore solar panel manufacturing at Hunter Energy Hub

AGL and solar technology company, SunDrive, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the development of a solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility at AGL’s future Hunter Energy Hub in the Hunter Region, NSW. If established, the advanced manufacturing facility is expected to be the first of its kind in Australia.

This agreement is the latest partnership AGL has signed as the company transforms the Liddell Power Station and Bayswater Power Station sites into a low carbon integrated energy hub, following the closure of Liddell Power Station in April 2023, and taking its final investment decision on the 500 MW two-hour grid-scale Liddell battery in December 2023.

The feasibility study with SunDrive will outline key infrastructure and engineering requirements and identify the regulatory approvals and licences necessary for the development, construction, and operation of a solar PV manufacturing facility located in the Hunter Energy Hub Advanced Manufacturing Precinct. 

As part of the MOU, AGL and SunDrive will also explore an offtake agreement for AGL to purchase SunDrive’s unique solar panels for AGL’s customers. AGL is the leading deployer of solar PV to commercial and industrial users in Australia and has approximately 600,000 residential and business customers with solar deployed.

Announcing the partnership alongside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Australian Government and NSW Government ministers and local representatives, AGL Managing Director and CEO, Damien Nicks, said the MOU has the potential to help create a new solar manufacturing industry in Australia. 

“Our vision for the Hunter Energy Hub is to create a low carbon integrated energy hub – designed with circular economy principles – that brings together industries that can make a positive contribution to the energy transition, including renewable energy generation, grid-scale batteries, green advanced manufacturing, and associated industries,” Damien said. 

“Our partnership with SunDrive has the potential to deliver significant benefits for Australia’s energy transition. If successful we will create new jobs and careers in the renewables industry as together, we build a new solar manufacturing industry and hub right here in the NSW Upper Hunter region.”

“Our Hunter Energy Hub will play an important role in supporting the workforce and economic transition in the region as we move to a lower carbon economy.”

SunDrive founder and CEO, Vince Allen, said that they were exploring the opportunity of a facility at AGL’s Hunter Energy Hub thanks to the vision, skills and workforce of the region that are critical to achieving Australia’s renewable energy ambitions

“We are excited to be working with AGL, one of the country’s largest solar distributors and installers, to bring world-leading Australian made solar to Australian rooftops through an offtake agreement. SunDrive is.”

SunDrive developed the world’s most efficient commercial-size solar cell in 2021. The company plans to manufacture these solar cells at its first commercial-scale manufacturing facility at AGL’s Hunter Energy Hub if the feasibility study is successful.

IMAGE | Announcement of the MOU at the Hunter Energy Hub


Proudly Australian for more than 180 years, AGL supplies around 4.5 million energy and telecommunications customer services.

We’re committed to becoming a leading multi-product retailer, making energy and other essential services simple, fair, and transparent. 

AGL operates Australia’s largest private electricity generation portfolio within the National Electricity Market, comprising coal and gas-fired generation, renewable energy sources such as wind, hydro and solar, batteries and other firming technology, and gas production and storage assets. We are building on our history as Australia’s leading private investor in renewable energy to now lead the business of transition to a low-emissions, affordable and smart energy future in line with the goals of our Climate Statement. We have a passionate belief in progress and a relentless determination to make things better for our communities, customers, the Australian economy and our planet. 

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