The following news item comes from the ABC.
Funds pledge urged for second-round solar bid
The Victorian Government is being urged to hold over millions of dollars in funding for the proposed Mallee solar park near Mildura.
The developer, TRUenergy, was promised $100 million from the Victorian Government but it was contingent on the project getting Commonwealth funding.
The Federal Government has announced a project at Moree as the successful bidder under its Solar Flagships program.
The Opposition’s energy spokeswoman, Lily D’Ambrosio, says the Victorian Government is not guaranteeing the funds for a second-round Solar Flagships bid by TRUenergy.
“This is a project that is going to grow hundreds of jobs for the Mildura area and now we are seeing a Government that’s drawn a line under that and it’s walked away,” she said.
Energy Minister Michael O’Brien is unavailable for comment.