The world is moving towards the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050.
But how can we achieve this without sacrificing any of the benefits that come with using renewable energy?
In Australia, a consortium of leading organisations are looking to solve that problem by building a large-scale solar energy facility in Victoria’s south-west.
They’ve announced a $1.3 billion solar energy park in the heart of the state, which is set to be the largest solar farm in the world.
The project, dubbed the Solar Power Station, is set for completion in 2022.
Solar Power Station’s first phase will see the site developed as a solar energy research and development centre.
The first phase of the project is due to start this year.
Solar Energy Australia president Tom Young said the project was a “game changer” in terms of energy supply and development in Victoria.
“We believe this will deliver a significant amount of power for Victoria,” he said.
“It will also provide significant opportunities for solar energy, both as an option to produce power and to be installed on solar farms to increase solar generation.”
Mr Young said Victoria would benefit from the site’s location on the coast and the power generated from it would be stored at the site.
“The amount of energy generated is huge compared to what it would have been at the other sites in the region,” he told the ABC.
“Victoria is a world leader in solar energy and we believe this project will be a game changer in terms, for instance, of our solar capacity in Victoria.”
Solar Power Park project websiteSolar Power station in Victoria, with its huge, wind-powered turbines and a solar power plant on the horizon, is a key component of the Solar Energy Australia (SGE) project.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has estimated that the project will generate more than 6,000MW of solar power.
Solar energy is also used to generate electricity to power cars and buildings.
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