Solar Thermal to boost jobs and opportunities for local businesses
SolarReserve has been awarded the contract to supply all of the Government’s power needs, with the project set to boost market competition and put downward pressure on power prices.
A key part of the State Government’s Energy Plan, the 150MW solar thermal power plant at Port Augusta, called Aurora, will be the biggest of its kind in the world and create 650 local jobs during construction and 50 ongoing positions.
Construction of the $650 million facility will begin in 2018 and is estimated to be completed in 2020.
SolarReserve CEO Kevin Smith said, “SolarReserve looks forward to continuing to work with the South Australian government and stakeholders, including the Port Augusta community where the project is located, to support Federal and State renewable energy targets, stimulate long-term economic development, and create new jobs and businesses.”
The Office of the Industry Advocate will be working closely with SolarReserve to ensure the maximum economic benefit to the state can be achieved. Ian Nightingale, the Industry Advocate said, “