The Government of Queensland, Australia, has announced the Powering Queensland’s Future Plan – its commitment to deliver affordable and stable power for Queensland households, businesses and industry, while acting on climate change. As part of this commitment, the Government will:
- Create a publicly owned power generation company, CleanCo, with a mandate to deliver 1,000MW of new renewable energy projects for Queensland, with a focus on flexible dispatchable generation, and
- Provide capital funding of $50 million to support a baseload solar thermal power station, which can provide electricity in Queensland even at night
SolarReserve fully supports Queensland’s commitment to renewable energy, and specifically to solar thermal technology. With the pledge of $50 million in funding for solar thermal, along with a publicly owned generation company that will deliver up to 1,000 megawatts of renewable projects by 2025, through mechanisms including signing power purchase agreements, the Queensland Government is establishing a policy framework that will facilitate investment in solar thermal projects in the State.
SolarReserve, the global leader in solar thermal technology with molten salt energy storage, is looking at sites across Queensland to develop up to six solar thermal facilities, representing a $3.8 billion AUD investment in Queensland in the next 10 years that will deliver up to 900 megawatts of fully dispatchable firm renewable electricity, creating up to 24,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs. In August, SolarReserve signed a long-term Generation Project Agreement (GPA) with the South Australian Government to build the 150 megawatt Aurora solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta, South Australia.