Big Solar Power A Big Deal In The ACT And Beyond

A new solar power plant will be built on 50 hectares of land in Canberra it will be 20 megawatt facility. It will be powered by 83,000 solar panels enough power for 4,400 homes. Construction is due to begin next year and be completed by 2014, subject to environmental and planning approval. It’s going to be the first solar plant facility in the Australian capital. The facility will be built by a Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).

John Grimes from The Australian Solar Energy Society at the announcement today in Canberra, ACT.

The Australian Solar Council has welcomed today’s announcement by the ACT Government, of Australia’s largest solar power station in Canberra.

“This is a landmark day for Big Solar in Australia”, said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council.

“Australia’s clean energy future has arrived in Canberra. Today’s announcement of 20 megawatts of Big Solar in the ACT is a taste of what is to come. Solar power is increasingly taking on coal-fired power on price.”

“Already household solar is reducing demand for power from the National Energy Market. Now it is also becoming increasingly cost competitive with polluting power at an industrial scale. The ACT solar power station will be delivered at just 18.6 cents per kilowatt hour.”

“The ACT Government’s reverse solar auction provides a model for all Australian Governments to quickly build large-scale solar power plants around the country.”

“The reverse solar auction is an innovative way of driving investment in Big Solar. It requires solar companies to demonstrate how they can deliver zero pollution, large-scale solar at least cost to taxpayers, and no funds are spent until power is actually generated.”

“The Federal Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson, has today reminded us there is no need for new baseload power stations to be built in the National Electricity Market for the next decade.”

“Big solar power plants will increasingly meet Australia’s peak power energy needs, and today’s announcement by the ACT Government is a window into Australia’s solar future.”

The Australian Solar Council congratulates FRV for winning the solar auction, and looks forward to watching Australia’s newest solar power plant being built over the next two years.”

“The Australian Solar Council also congratulates the ACT Government for their national leadership in delivering Big Solar at low cost and at breakneck speed.”

Warm Regards,
John Grimes

Source: The Australian Solar Energy Society

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