In recent years, the commitment to large-scale solar energy in Victoria has revolved around the proposed Mildura Solar Concentrator Power Station which will use a concentrator to focus light onto a photovoltaic (PV) receiver. At this point, no concentrating solar-thermal projects are planned. Significant investment into developing both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies has been committed by the Federal government (approximately $1.5 billion under the Solar Flagships program) although this is yet to materialise in a finished project.
The Melbourne-based Solar Systems company went into insolvency before completing its concentrated PV systems to be used on the Mildura plant, but the company has since been bought out by Silex.
A handful of small scale industrial applications of photovoltaic technology currently exist in Victoria. These are located at Brunswick, Carlton, Reservoir, Parkville, Ballarat University, Queen Victoria Market, and a number of locations in the Melbourne CBD, the Tullamarine Freeway and Fosterville, with a combined capacity of 345.9 kW.
We have more information on the proposed large-scale solar projects in Victoria: