A new solar system helps to curb emissions in South Australia
The South Australian government has approved a $1 million solar project for the state’s south.
The project, called Solar Farm, will generate solar energy and sell it to households in the state, with the proceeds going to the state government.
Solar Farm will generate enough power to power 30,000 homes in the South Australian town of Mount Isa.
Solar farm manager Mike Fyfe said the project was “one of the best solar farms that we’ve ever seen in the world”.
“It’s going to generate electricity at night, in the heat, to power our homes,” he said.
“We’ve got a lot of customers that are going to be using the energy from the system to make their own electricity.”
South Australian Government spokeswoman Jenny Jackson said the state had signed a deal with a local developer to help offset some of the cost of the solar project.
“This project is designed to generate power to the South Australia’s power grid in the evenings and mornings when the demand is greatest,” she said.
The company, SolarWorld, has been contracted to build a large solar array in Mount Isa for $10 million.
“SolarWorld has agreed to provide a significant portion of the required power for this project,” the company said in a statement.
“A substantial investment will be required to develop and construct the solar farm and will be undertaken on a private-public partnership basis.”
Topics:energy-and-utilities,energy-environmental-issues,climate-change,solar-energy,energy,environment,australiaFirst posted February 19, 2020 17:42:14Contact Lisa CooteMore stories from South Australia