SolarReserve to build 150 MW solar thermal project in Australia

SolarReserve signed a long-term generation project agreement to build a 150 MW solar thermal power station with 8 hours of energy storage near the town of Port Augusta, South Australia.

The GPA with the state government of South Australia was signed at a ceremony with Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis.

The Aurora Solar Energy Project will use SolarReserve’s solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage.

The generation project agreement is similar to a power purchase agreement for renewable energy, except that emphasis is placed on the available capacity of the facility during peak demand periods rather than just the energy that can be delivered in kilowatt-hours.

Aurora will deliver power into the National Electricity Market at high value electricity periods, providing additional capacity, energy security and reliability services, as well as competition into the South Australian market.

Because a solar thermal power station operates like a conventional coal or gas power station, many of the jobs require the same skill sets as conventional energy jobs — from its construction phase through to operations.

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