Concentrating Solar Power Station launched in Mildura

Silex Mildura Solar Farm. Photo courtesy Silex

Thursday saw the official launch of the Silex built Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Power Station in Mildura, Victoria, supplying enough power to the grid for about 500 average homes. Victorian Minister for Energy launched the power station, but was criticised by Environment Victoria for failing to support investment in solar energy as promised in their 2010 election commitments.

The Mildura Solar Farm project was initiated under the previous Brumby Labor Government as part of a scheme which aimed to build 5 to 10 concentrating solar thermal (CST) power stations in the states’ north and west by 2020 bringing needed regional development money and jobs to the north of the state.
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Bridgewater solar plant commences operations

March 21 press release from Silex: Solar Systems Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Silex Systems Ltd (ASX:SLX), has announced that it has commenced operation of Australia’s largest Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Solar Power Station in Bridgewater, central Victoria. The … Continue reading Bridgewater solar plant commences operations

Solar panels: good news and bad news

Solar photovoltaic panels are becoming cheaper all the time, and can play an important part in a stable renewable energy mix as this article clearly demonstrates. Yet the manufacturing industry continues to decline, despite Australia’s fabulous solar resources. This article from the Sydney Morning Herald  outlines the latest positive news for prices, and the disastrous news for employees at the only photovoltaic cell manufacturer in Australia. Silex will continue to assemble solar panels, but using imported cells. The company has blamed the O’Farrell state government , after it scrapped the NSW solar bonus scheme earlier this year. Solar energy cost … Continue reading Solar panels: good news and bad news

Work begins on solar plant near Mildura

The following comes from ABC. Work begins on solar plant A start will be marked today on Australia’s largest solar power station at Mildura. The Silex company says the first stage of the photovoltaic project will be the construction of a two megawatt demonstration facility at Carwarp, south of Mildura. That project is due to be finished next year and subject to its performance, a 100 megawatt station will be built on the same site by 2015. The larger plant would generate enough electricity to power 40,000 homes. For details on the project, check here. Continue reading Work begins on solar plant near Mildura