The NSW government's electricity supplier has been asked to buy a substantial amount of energy from the state's solar farms – enough to power about 700 schools.
Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
The state's peak environment groups have pulled out of negotiations with the NSW government over proposed land clearing and biodiversity laws, declaring talks have been hijacked by "radicals" in the Nationals.
A proposal by planning minister Rob Stokes to dump laws which make the economic benefit of a mining application the "principal consideration" when it is assessed has been met with overwhelming community support. But the mining industry is warning the move will jeopardise jobs and investment in NSW and undermine business confidence.
Energy company Metgasco has won its bid to have a suspension of its gas drilling on the far north coast overturned in the Supreme Court.