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Silverton wind farm sidelined for solar power

19th Jul 2012

Silverton wind farm may not be constructed for a few more years yet, after the company behind the construction decided to give priority to a solar power installation.

AGL Energy also has two solar PV plants on the cards, which will be built with the assistance of the federal government's Solar Flagships program.

The project won $195 million of funding for the two projects that have a combined capacity of 159 megawatts - 106MW in Nyngan and 53MW in Broken Hill.

It had originally been thought that stage one of the Silverton construction would get underway in 2013.

Scott Thomas, AGL's general manager of power development, told Recharge: "There are some key milestones around when [the solar projects] need to be delivered, in order to get Solar Flagships funding.

"That's going to bring the solar project online first ... and that will sit ahead of Silverton."

It just goes to show that solar power is really making its mark on the renewable energy world and that the Solar Flagships Program is helping this process along.

These initiatives can apparently make a difference when it comes to meeting Australia's energy needs.

Posted by Mike Peacock


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