One of NSW's oldest power stations has been partially demolitioned ahead of a major restructure and refurbishment.
Lithgow's iconic coal-fired Wallerawang Power Station in the state's Central West, faced detonation on Wednesday morning as the 175 metre chimney stacks and boiler house went down in dramatic plumes of dust.
More demolition works are expected to take place throughout 2022.
The station had been closed since 2014, and was aquired in September 2020 by a private company with plans to repurpose some of the existing infrastructure.
It's understood the company, known as Greenspot, has plans to develop a large scale battery on t he existing 620 hectare site.
"I am a big believer in beneficial reuse of structures and materials wherever possible", said Greenspot Founder Neil Schembri.
It comes as Australia unveils its plan for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, which will come through a combination of existing technologies and yet-to-be-developed strategies.
Following the COP26 summitt, the news also comes off the back of Australia's wooden spoon on the rankings of climate action, according to a report urgently calling for more ambitious 2030 carbon reduction targets.