Mountain View, Calif., June 20, 2011 — The Australian Government has selected the Areva Solar, CS Energy and Wind Prospect CWP consortium's Solar Dawn as the preferred solar thermal power project in Round 1 of the Australian Government's Solar Flagships Program.
Solar Dawn is a proposed 250 MW solar thermal gas hybrid power plant. The Australian Commonwealth and Queensland Governments also announced their commitment to contribute $464 million and $75 million, respectively, to the project.
Solar Dawn will be located in South West Queensland, near CS Energy's recently announced 44 MW Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project. Like Solar Dawn, Kogan Creek Solar Boost will also use Areva Solar's Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector solar thermal technology.
As a solar thermal gas hybrid power plant, Solar Dawn will combine Areva Solar's CLFR solar steam generators with a gas boiler back-up system, giving it the ability to deliver around the clock power.
The Solar Dawn consortium will now work closely with key government, commercial and community stakeholders to finalize all relevant approvals and financing arrangements, as well as engineering, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance contracts, by the end of 2011.
Areva Renewables CEO Anil Srivastava commended the Australian and Queensland Governments on their vision for a low-carbon economy and their investment in this unprecedented utility-scale solar power project.
The Solar Flagships Program aims to provide the foundation for large-scale, grid-connected solar power and accelerate the commercialization of this energy source in Australia. It is a key component of the Australian Government's $5 billion Clean Energy Initiative.
Areva Solar designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for its global power generation and industrial customers in a dependable, competitive and environmentally responsible manner. Areva's CLFR solar thermal technology is water-conservative and the most land-efficient solar energy technology available. Areva Solar has operations in the U.S., India and Australia.