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At last, Australian solar projects to be announced

Shortlisted solar projects to see the light of day * Giles Parksinson , The Australian,  April 26, 2010 IT could be a big fortnight for the Australian solar industry. The shortlist for the first two projects in the $1.5 billion Solar Flagships program is expected to be announced soon, and so will the much awaited but long-delayed winners of the solar component of the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program.

The announcements will be a major boost to the solar industry, which has enjoyed something of a mini-boom in small-scale rooftop installations, but has made no progress on larger, utility-scale installations and those in between.

The federal government is expected to announce half a dozen candidates to build Australia’s first large-scale photovoltaic project and its first large-scale solar thermal project. There have been some 52 applications, attracting most of the world’s leading solar energy developers, equipment suppliers, engineering groups and financiers. The winners are expected to be announced later this year,….according to a spokesman for Energy Minister Martin Ferguson, they will be announced “in the very near future”….

solar thermal, which differs from solar PV because it uses the sun’s heat to create steam and drive conventional generators, is also making solid progress. Areva, the French nuclear giant which recently completed the purchase of Australian-founded solar thermal group Ausra, is in talks in India with a view to building several 50MW solar thermal plants

Shortlisted solar projects to see the light of day | The Australian

April 26, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, solar | , , , , , , ,

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