Queensland Plans 44 MW Solar Thermal Project

Queensland, Australia, will become home to a 44 MW solar thermal project – the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, according to Premier Anna Bligh. As part of a $115 million solar package in the 2010-2011 budget, the government is contributing $35 million to the project, which will be located at Kogan Creek, near Dalby. This funding is in addition to an earlier government pledge of $31 million.

In addition, the budget contains $29.5 million in funding for a solar rebate program that will provide residents with rebates of $600 and $1,000 for the installation of solar heat pump or solar hot water systems. It also sets aside $5.8 million for the Solar Kindergartens Program, which funds the installation of solar PV panels on the roofs of new and existing kindergarten buildings, built or upgraded over the next four years.

SOURCE: Queensland Government

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