Australian thermal energy to power Queensland homes by 2013

Kogan Creek Solar Boost project to create 120 jobs

Australian-based thermal energy technology will be the backbone behind the Gillard government’s new Queensland solar project.

The Kogan Creek Solar Boost project will cost some $104.7 million, and is set to be the first to integrate a coal-fired power station with solar technology.

As well as saving some 35,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere each year, the project will create 120 jobs once building commences later this year.

The Federal Government will commit $34.9 million to the project, citing a shift toward creating a carbon tax as a factor in the decision to invest in renewable energy like solar.

The proposed carbon tax drew support from the local IT community when it was announced, with data centre providers claiming that it set the agenda for green IT discussions.

The project is set to power Queensland homes by 2013.

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