Construction has commenced on the first stage of Australia’s largest CPV solar installation.
The project is located in Mildura, north west Victoria and it is hoped that this first stage will eventually lead to the construction of a much larger 100 MW station to be completed in 2016.
This first stage involves the construction of a 2MW demonstrator facility. From there, it is hoped that successful deployment of the demonstrator facility will lead to completion of the main project.
The equipment supplier, Solar Systems Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Silex Systems Ltd) is supplying its ‘Dense Array’ CPV technology to the project. This system uses triple junction solar cells to yield a 40% conversion efficiency.
A$75 million in funding from the Commonwealth Government remains subject to certain conditions, including the satisfactory performance of the demonstrator facility and proof of funding for the balance of the project costs.
The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, congratulated Silex Systems Ltd for taking on this project and continuing to support the development of solar power in Australia.
He said, “I am pleased that Silex Systems is continuing to advance this project and the Australian Government will also maintain its support by continuing the original funding commitment.”
Dr Michael Goldsworthy, Silex CEO also expressed enthusiasm about the project. He said, “The Mildura Solar Power Station project is a key step in proving the bankability of the Solar Systems technology at utility‐scale deployment....”
By the time this first stage is completed and up and running, we will have a clearer idea on the answer to Dr Goldsworthy's point.