TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER, 2010 |
Major Solar Farm For Victoria
The Victorian Government announced this morning a commitment of $100 million to
help construct a solar farm south of Mildura.
The Mallee Solar Park will deliver approximately 345 gigawatt hours of
electricity a year - enough to power 60,000 homes annually.
Victorian Premier John Brumby says Mallee Solar Park would generate 200 new jobs
in construction and 20 ongoing jobs.
"This investment is about capitalising on Victoria’s potential to
generate renewable energy and forms a key part of our commitment to increase
Victoria’s electricity supply from large-scale solar power to five per cent by
2020," said Premier Brumby.
Under TRUenergy’s proposal, a solar
based power generation facility will be constructed on 600 hectares
site about 10 kilometres south of Mildura. Construction is due to commence in
2012 and be completed by 2015.
Mr. Brumby says the Mallee Solar Park project and other renewable
projects resulting from the Government's Climate Change White Paper
Action Plan are expected to drive new investment in Victoria of between $6 and
TRUenergy's proposal was selected through an independent tender under the Victorian
Large Scale Solar Project
Minister for Energy and Resources Peter Batchelor said the new solar
will build on Silex
's large-scale demonstration photovoltaic solar project; also planned
for near Mildura, which is being supported by a $50 million Brumby Labor
With $100 million from the Victorian Government, Mr. Batchelor says the Mallee
Solar Park is now a "stand-out" for funding from the Commonwealth's
Solar Flagship Program.
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