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Aussie state strikes solar deal

(AUSTRALIA)

A $650 million solar energy facility will supply all the power needs of the South Australian Government when it opens in 2020.

SolarReserve has been picked to deliver the 150MW solar thermal power plant – called Aurora – at Port Augusta, after submitting a competitive bid to provide clean power to the state for no more than $78/MWh.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said: “The Port Augusta story is a stark example of the transition of the South Australian economy, with the closure of a dirty coal fired power station, and now the commissioning of this world leading renewable energy project. The Aurora Solar Energy Project will enhance South Australia’s reputation as a leader in clean, cheap renewable energy.”

Construction is due to get underway next year with completion scheduled for 2020.

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