Solar Dawn is a proposed 250 megawatt solar thermal gas hybrid power plant and will be the largest plant of its kind in the world when completed. The Australian Commonwealth and Queensland Governments also announced their commitment to contribute $464 million and $75 million, respectively, to the concentrated solar energy project.
Solar Dawn will be located in South West Queensland, near CS Energy’s recently announced 44 megawatt Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project. Like Solar Dawn, Kogan Creek Solar Boost will also use AREVA Solar’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) 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.