Queensland, Australia set to house largest solar project in southern hemisphere

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As part of a AUD$115 million solar package in the 2010-11 Budget, the Bligh Government is contributing $35 million to the project at Kogan Creek near Dalby. This funding comes on top of the Rudd Government’s $31 million contribution.

??“This funding means Queensland will be home to the largest solar project in the southern hemisphere,” Premier Bligh said. “The project will use solar power to generate steam to drive the turbine at Kogan Creek Coal fired powered station. It will boost electricity by 44 megawatts and reduce carbon emissions using energy from the sun.

??“The Bligh Government is committed to doing the bright thing, which is why we are investing heavily in solar technology. This budget provides AUD$115 million over five years to help build our solar industry and double our use of solar energy, turning Queensland into the solar state.”

??The Premier said the solar package will deliver both large scale and grass-roots initiatives to ensure all Queenslanders can play a role in doubling our use of solar energy over the next five years.

??Solar initiatives funded in this year’s budget include:??

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