The Victorian government has committed A$100 million funding for Australia's largest solar power plant to be built in Mildura, in the north-west of the state by energy company TRUenergy, according to a statement released yesterday.
Victorian premier John Brumby said the TRUenergy's proposal for the 180-MW Mallee solar park would create 200 new jobs during construction and 20 ongoing jobs, deliver 345 gigawatt hours of clean electricity, and generate enough power to run 60,000 homes each year.
The giant photovoltaic plant will be built on a 600 hectare area, about 10 kilometres south of Mildura, by global construction major Bovis Lend Lease in four stages between 2012 and 2015.
Complete financial details of the project are not available at this stage.
''This investment is about capitalising on Victoria's potential to generate renewable energy and forms a key part of our commitment to increase Victoria's electricity supply from large-scale solar power to five per cent by 2020,'' Brumby said.
''Under the action plan our government has also committed to cut emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2020,'' the premier further said.