Tesla inspires new renewable project

January 16th, 2018 By Olivia Franklin

As the world turns its attention to renewable energy sources, South Australia jumps ahead by planning to build the world’s largest solar thermal plant and a windfarm.

This development follows Tesla’s construction of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia. With the focus turning to renewable energy, the Aurora solar plant will provide 100% of the state’s electricity needs by 2020.

The $650m, 150-megawatt plant uses mirrors and solar power to heat molten salt and generate electricity, and was approved this week by the state government. It will be built by American company SolarReserve, and is expected to create 650 local jobs during construction. It is completely emission free and displaces 200,000 tonnes of Co2 each year.

South Australian acting energy minister Chris Picton called the project a welcome development for the state.

“It’s fantastic that SolarReserve has received development approval to move forward with this world-leading project that will deliver clean, dispatchable renewable energy to supply our electrified rail, hospitals and schools,”

“It is a significant step in the development of the Aurora solar thermal power station, which will bring clean power generation technology to South Australia,”

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