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150MW solar thermal power plant to be built in South Australia

14th August 2017

The Aurora Solar Energy Project in Port Augusta will incorporate eight hours of storage, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station.

The AU$650 million plant – the biggest of its kind in the world – will have a capacity of about 135MW under normal operating conditions with the ability to increase that output in favourable conditions.
It will be situated about 93 miles northwest of Jamestown, where Elon Musk will install the world’s largest Lithium-ion battery at Hornsdale Wind Farm.


Aurora will deliver 495 gigawatt-hours of power annually – providing fully dispatchable baseload electricity to the network.


The plant will go ahead after SolarReserve was awarded a contract with the South Australian Government.
In September 2016 the State Government launched a tender process to procure 75 percent of its long-term power supply in order to attract a new competitor into the electricity market, increasing competition and putting downward pressure on power prices.
 

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