Canberra, Australia — Australia’s Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, has reportedly announced a Commonwealth grant of AU $60 million [US $53.7 million] under the Renewable Energy Development Program to assist the development of the 40-megawatt (MW) Whyalla Solar Oasis concentrating solar power plant.
The Whyalla Solar Oasis will use 300 Wizard Power Big Dish solar thermal concentrators to generate 66 gigawatt-hours (GWh) annually and to be developed by the SolarOasis consortium, supported by N.P. Power, Sustainable Power Partners, Lycopodium and Wizard Power.
Built using Wizard Power’s ‘factory-in-the-field’, which is expected to result in the direct generation of over 200 jobs during construction, the development will be the largest implementation of Wizard Power Big Dish technology to date, the company says.
The CSP facility is to be located adjacent to a thermal storage pilot plant already under construction by Wizard Power in Whyalla and supported by a grant from the Commonwealth government’s Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies Program.
Tony Robey of Wizard Power commented: “The Commonwealth is to be commended, this project will not only deliver clean, renewable energy to the people of Australia, it also provides great recognition of the world leading technology which has been researched, developed and commercialized in Australia.”