MONDAY 18 MAY, 2009 |
World's Largest Solar Farm Project For Australia
Perhaps still stinging from criticism on coal receiving the lion's share of clean
energy funding in the budget
last week, the Australian Government has
highlighted a lofty goal - to build four solar farms that generate three times
as much power as the world's current largest project based in California. The
Rudd Government says it remains committed to ensuring 20 per cent of Australia's
electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.
Under the Government's $1.365 billion Solar Flagships plan, such a project would
see the farms generating a combined 1 gigawatt of renewable energy generated
electricity; the equivalent of an average sized coal fired power station.
The new solar
will be built via a tender to be called later this year. The farms may
consist of both solar thermal and solar
(solar photovoltaic) technologies.
The successful companies and technologies chosen will be based on a competitive
assessment, with an important criteria of industry development, including
capacity to boost domestic manufacturing and future export potential.
In related news, the Government has also announced Australia will become a member of the
International Renewable Energy Agency
Launched in January this year; Bonn, Germany based IRENA works on behalf of the
renewables sector to promote the acceleration of renewable
uptake worldwide. The organisation provides advice and support for
countries, assists in the development of regulatory frameworks and the building
of capacity. IRENA currently has 80 members.
The Rudd Government sees the membership of IRENA as a strengthening of
Australia's role as a global leader in tackling climate change and the knowledge
gained from operating the Solar Flagships program will contribute to the
worldwide fight against carbon pollution.
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