The Australian government has selected the AREVA Solar, CS Energy and Wind Prospect CWP consortium's Solar Dawn project as the preferred solar thermal power project in Round 1 of the Australian government's Solar Flagships Program.
Solar Dawn is a proposed 250 MW solar thermal/gas hybrid power plant that will be the largest plant of its kind in the world when completed, according to AREVA Solar. Solar Dawn will be located in South West Queensland, near CS Energy's recently announced 44 MW Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project.
The Australian commonwealth and Queensland governments have also announced their commitment to contribute $464 million AUD and $75 million AUD, respectively, to the project.
Like Solar Dawn, Kogan Creek Solar Boost will use AREVA Solar's compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) solar thermal technology. As a solar thermal/gas hybrid power plant, Solar Dawn will combine AREVA Solar's CLFR solar steam generators with a gas boiler back-up system.
The Solar Dawn consortium says it will now work closely with key government, commercial and community stakeholders to finalize all relevant approvals, financing arrangements, project contracts by the end of this year.