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SolarReserve's Aurora Solar Project Signs MOU for 13,000 Aussie Heliostats - SolarPACES

US solar developer SolarReserve has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Australian firm Heliostat SA, to partner in manufacturing and assembling heliostats and heliostat components for the 150 MW Aurora CSP project that SolarReserve is developing in Port Augusta. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is a thermal form of solar energy that includes integrated molten ...

SA jobs promised as solar thermal project boosts local manufacturing - InDaily

Global solar thermal company SolarReserve is working on a deal with local manufacturer Heliostat SA to build more than 12,800 tracking mirrors for its 150MW Aurora project near Port Augusta.

Meals on Wheels celebrate Christmas in August

It's Christmas in August for Meals on Wheels Port Augusta as they finally put SolarReserves' holiday donation to use. Welcoming three new trollies to the office, branch president Doug Morton couldn't be happier with the new additions. "The old ones squeak and squeak - they were very old," Mr Morton said.

South Australia planning to build the world's largest thermal solar plant

Following the success of the world's largest battery, South Australia is aiming to build the world's largest thermal solar plant. SolarReserve's $650 million, 150 megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant has received state development approval. Construction of the facility will begin this year. South Australian acting energy minister Chris Picton called the project a welcome development for the state.

Big business shows community spirit

One big business in Port Augusta is keeping a community mindset this holiday season. After partnering with Max Cranes to deliver the annual Christmas party fireworks display, SolarReserve have turned their attention to helping the needy. They will be making a number of charitable donations totaling $7,000 as a sign of support to the town who welcomed the Aurora Solar Thermal project.

Partnership protects Aboriginal heritage

SolarReserve and Barngarla have partnered up to ensure the preservation of Aboriginal heritage during the development, construction and operation of the Aurora Solar Energy Project. Representing the native title holders, the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation have signed an agreement which will preserve Aboriginal heritage in the project development area just north of Port Augusta.

How Port Augusta Got the World's Cheapest Solar Thermal Power - SolarPACES

SolarReserve will sell solar thermal energy to the South Australian Government at $75 (AUD) with a guaranteed cap of $78 per megawatt hour (MWh). In US dollars, that's $61/MWh, a low price record for solar thermal energy; the kind of solar that can be delivered any time, day or night.

Let there be light: Our $650m solar plant

PORT Augusta will be home to a new $650 million solar thermal power plant that supplies all of the State Government's power needs. SolarReserve will build the 150MW plant, which will be operational in about three years. Its standard output under normal conditions will be 135MW, with the capability of exceeding that during the evening peak demand in favourable conditions.

South Australia Is Getting The World's Biggest Solar Thermal Plant, So What Do The Experts Say?

Port Augusta is about to get a $650 million, 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant - with plans to have it up and running by 2020. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill announced that the plant could lead to lower power prices, as well as supplying all of the power needed for state government projects.

Giant solar tower to provide all S.A. government electricity needs

The South Australia government has contracted the US company SolarReserve to deliver all its power needs, which will be supplied by a 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage facility to be built in the former coal town of Port Augusta.

Port secures solar

After an anxious five year wait, Port Augusta locals can finally celebrate the much anticipated announcement for a solar thermal plant to be built 30 kilometres north-west of Port Augusta. Following an open tender process, SolarReserve has been awarded the contract to supply all of the governments power needs in a 150MW solar thermal power plant, the largest of its kind in the world.

Life after coal: the South Australian city leading the way

The largest solar farm in the southern hemisphere lies on arid land at the foot of the Flinders Ranges, more than 300km north of Adelaide. If that sounds remote, it doesn't do justice to how removed nearby locals feel from the energy debate in Canberra.

South Australia adds solar thermal power to its energy arsenal

Late last year, the South Australian Government announced it had signed an agreement with SolarReserve to build a 150 MW solar thermal power station with eight hours of energy storage near Port Augusta. The decision came on the back of Alinta Energy's decision in 2015 to close down Port Augusta's coal-fired power station and a community campaign to replace it with a solar thermal station.

SolarReserve may add 70MW solar farm to Port Augusta solar tower

US solar company SolarReserve has sought approval to add a 70MW solar PV farm to the world leading solar tower and molten salt storage facility proposed for Port Augusta in South Australia. The plans for the additional solar PV are revealed in a development application to the South Australia Planning Commission, submitted in late April, and are designed to lower the costs for the project.

Solar thermal's future leaders

Students from Stirling North Primary School put their renewable energy knowledge to good use by thinking of solutions for real-world problems that SolarReserve could face during the construction of the Aurora Solar Energy Project. After educating students on renewable energy, SolarReserve representatives gave Year 3/4 students the task of coming up with ideas on how to manage dust, keep the mirrors clean and build the tower.

Oz Minerals looks to solar and storage, signs line deal with solar tower plant

Oz Minerals to build solar and storage plant at flagship mine in first move to use renewables to supply big mining projects. It also signs a deal to share costs of new transmission line with developer of solar tower plant.

SolarReserve granted approval for 150MW solar thermal project - The Lead SA

SolarReserve's 150MW solar thermal power plant has been granted development approval by the South Australian Government, paving the way for construction to begin this year. Sign up to receive notifications about new stories in this category. Thank you for subscribing to story notifications.


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Solar Reserve team drop by

A pop-up booth on Tassie street run by the Solar Reserve team gave locals a chance to interact and ask questions about the upcoming solar thermal project. The projected start date of Aurora remains in February of 2018 and as construction phase looms, locals took the opportunity to meet the crew.

Solar thermal power plant announced for Port Augusta 'biggest of its kind in the world'

A 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant has been secured for Port Augusta in South Australia, State Premier Jay Weatherill has announced. Construction of the $650 million plant will start in 2018.

Port Augusta solar thermal plant to power South Australian government

A proposed solar thermal power plant in South Australia's mid-north has been contracted to supply all the state government's power needs. Work on the $650m SolarReserve facility will start in 2018, creating 650 construction jobs and 50 ongoing positions.

SolarReserve Inks Deal With South Australia to Supply Solar Thermal Power With Storage for 6 Cents

SolarReserve, the California-based developer that bundles concentrating solar power towers, PV and molten-salt storage, won a contract to supply the South Australian government with dispatchable solar for between AUS 7.5 and 7.8 cents per kilowatt-hour.