Plans to build a a 150MW solar energy plant in South Australia have been given the go ahead.
Innovators Magazine reported last August that SolarReserve had been selected to deliver the $650 million facility, which will have the capacity to meet the entire power needs of the South Australian Government.
And the Aurora solar site, scheduled to open at Port Augusta in 2020, has now been granted Development Approval, allowing SolarReserve to begin construction.
Speaking about the approval, South Australia’s Acting Energy Minister, Chris Picton said: “It’s fantastic that SolarReserve has received development approval to move forward with this world-leading project that will deliver clean, dispatchable renewable energy to supply our electrified rail, hospitals, schools and other major government buildings. This approval triggers an investment of about $650 million, will create a total of about 700 construction and ongoing jobs in Port Augusta and will add new competition to the South Australian market, putting downward pressure on power prices.”
Development Approved ✅ Construction is set to kick off on Port Augusta’s solar thermal plant this year. It’ll supply 100% of SA Government’s electricity load from 2020 & will supply the broader market, enhancing competition & putting downward pressure on electricity prices. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/fKvm3fFOoQ
— Jay Weatherill (@JayWeatherill) January 10, 2018