Australia Plans to Build the World’s Largest Solar Power Station
By May 17th, 2009Sunday, May 17, 2009 5:12 on
Australia will invest over 1 billion dollars in the world’s largest solar power station with an output of 1000 megawatts, according to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. The solar power plant would have three times the generating capacity of the current biggest solar-powered electricity plant, located in California.
The project is intended to exploit the Australia’s biggest natural resource, the sun, and to help the state to become a leader in the renewable energy sector. “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,” Rudd said.
“Why are we doing this? We are doing it in order to support a clean energy future for Australia, we’re doing it to boost economic activity now and we’re doing it also to provide jobs and much needed opportunities for business as well,” the official said.
The project should eventually lead to a network of solar-powered stations across the country. “We don’t want to be clean energy followers worldwide, we want to be clean energy leaders worldwide,” the Australian Prime Minister said. Rudd has declared that Australia would become a full member of the International Renewable Energy Agency.
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