Dishing Out the Good News on Solar Power

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Wizard Power today welcomed the announcement by the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, that the Commonwealth has awarded a grant of $60 million under the Renewable Energy Development Program to assist the development of the Whyalla Solar Oasis power plant.

Wizard Power today welcomed the announcement by the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, that the Commonwealth has awarded a grant of $60 million under the Renewable Energy Development Program to assist the development of the Whyalla Solar Oasis power plant.

The Whyalla Solar Oasis will use 300 Wizard Power Big Dish solar thermal concentrators to generate 66GWh of electricity each year; enough electricity to power over 9,500 Australian homes and reduce greenhouse gasses by 60,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 17,000 cars off Australian roads each year.

This 40MWe concentrated solar thermal power plant will be the largest implementation of Wizard Power Big Dish technology to date. Mr Tony Robey of Wizard Power said "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 commercialised in Australia."

The Whyalla Solar Oasis will be located adjacent to the Solar Storage pilot plant already under construction by Wizard Power in Whyalla. This project, which has been supported by a grant from the Commonwealth Government's Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies Program, will showcase Wizard Power's energy storage technology.

The Whyalla Solar Oasis will be built using Wizard Power's factory-in-the-field, which is expected to result in the direct generation of over 200 jobs in Whyalla during construction, significant opportunities for businesses in the region and further jobs for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the plant. Councillor Eddie Hughes of the Whyalla City Council and Chair of the University of South Australia's Regional Sustainability Centre said "This announcement is great news for the region. Not only will it deliver new jobs and business opportunities, it puts Whyalla at the centre of an exciting advance for sustainable energy in Australia."

The Whyalla Solar Oasis will be developed by the SolarOasis consortium. The project is supported by N.P. Power, Sustainable Power Partners, Lycopodium and Wizard Power.

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