The world’s largest photovoltaic solar power station will be built in northern Victoria, after a decision by TRUenergy to invest $290 million in renewable energy company Solar Systems to build the 154 MW solar power station. Construction is due to begin in 2009, once the site has been finalised. The investment by TRUenergy follows on from a $50 million contribution by the Victorian Government and $79.5 million from the former Federal in 2006 towards this leading-edge solar power station.
Victorian Premier John Brumby said the project represented investment across the state, with PV modules made in Melbourne, a pilot stage in Bendigo and the large-scale power station in the state’s north-west. Energy Minister Peter Batchelor said the Abbotsford manufacturing plant was capable of producing more than 50 MW of PV modules each year – the highest capacity in the southern hemisphere – with the possibility to expand in the future. Batchelor said construction of the full-sized power station in 2009 will follow the completion of the demonstration plant currently being built at Bridgewater, near Bendigo. “In the areas of solar, wind, wave and geothermal energy – as well as clean coal technology – Victoria has huge potential for investment and advancement, with room for new players to bring development proposals to the table,” Batchelor said.