The company is also providing engineering and procurement services for the project and will provide maintenance services for a period of five years post commissioning, in addition to construction.

The project, which will power about 33,000 average NSW homes, will include installation of around 1,350,000 advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules.

The Nyngan plant, which is expected to complete in mid-2015, will create an estimated 300 direct construction jobs during the building of the project.

First Solar Asia Pacific business development director Jack Curtis said that breaking ground at the Nyngan solar project is a significant milestone for the advancement of Australia’s utility-scale solar industry.

"Each project that First Solar constructs builds acceptance of and confidence in utility-scale solar as an effective source of power generation in Australia," Curtis added.