Australia to build world’s largest solar energy plant - 09 Oct 2009

The government has announced that Australia plans to build the world's largest solar power station with an output of 1000MW in a $1.4 billion investment.

The government plans to invest with industry in the biggest solar generation plant in the world, three times the size of the world's current biggest, which is in California.

The project should eventually lead to a network of solar-powered stations across the country with locations chosen to fit in with the existing electricity grid and ensure good access to sunshine.

The $1.4 billion dedicated to this project was part of a wider $4.65 billion clean energy initiative by the government. Australia will become a full member of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Successful bidders will be named in the first half of 2010.

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