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Australia Aims For World's Biggest Solar Thermal Energy Source

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South Australia is continuing to dive into the renewable energy market in a serious way. After announcing that a new battery facility will be backing up a wind farm in the state by the end of the year, they are going to add 150 megawatts of capacity in the form of a solar thermal power plant. This is no small feat. In fact, it would be the biggest of its kind in the world when completed.

The new Aurora solar power plant would be located in Port Augusta in South Australia. They’re hoping to break ground next year with a completion year set for 2020. According to Science Alert, the new power plant will generate “650 construction jobs for local workers” and “provide all the electricity needs for the state government.” It will be developed with a $110 million loan from the government with 25 MW used for other purposes.