$5.7 Million In Funding For Queensland Solar Farm

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The Bligh Government announced yesterday is will invest up to $5.7 million in a solar farm to be located in Cloncurry.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson said the Queensland Government would issue a tender for expressions of interest early next year.
“Cloncurry is blessed with some of the best solar resources in Queensland and an ideal location for a photovoltaic (PV) solar farm,” he said.
The solar farm will be solar panel based and electricity produced by the facility will be exported to the Ergon Energy Mount Isa-Cloncurry electricity network that supplies Cloncurry.
The announcement comes after a graphite solar storage technology trial for a  proposed solar thermal power station exposed significant reflective glare issues. The company advising on the project, Lloyd Energy Systems, stated the government should not proceed with the Cloncurry solar thermal facility given concerns about operating in an urban environment and potential impacts. The remaining $5.7 million will go instead to a solar farm for Cloncurry.
The Cloncurry Solar Farm project is part of the Bligh Government’s push to make Queensland the Solar State and it’s ClimateQ strategy that aims to address climate change issues.
The Cloncurry project will be Queensland’s second such facility, with the first solar farm in Hervey Bay scheduled to be up and running in 2011
Minister Stephens pointed out that the Bligh Government also had a range of other solar initiatives, including what he says will be Australia’s largest roof-top solar panel array at the University of Queensland and Kogan Creek’s Carbon Reduction Programs.”