Aurora Solar Thermal Power Project

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Aurora Solar Thermal Power Project
Country Australia
Location South Australia
Coordinates 32°12′S 137°36′E / 32.2°S 137.6°E / -32.2; 137.6Coordinates: 32°12′S 137°36′E / 32.2°S 137.6°E / -32.2; 137.6
Status Proposed
Construction began proposed for 2018
Commission date proposed for 2020
Construction cost A$650M
Operator(s) SolarReserve
Solar field
Type CSP
CSP technology Solar power tower
Power generation
Units planned 1
Nameplate capacity 150 MW
Storage capacity 8 hours
Annual net output 495 GW·h (planned)
Official website

Aurora Solar Thermal Power Project is a planned solar power tower solar thermal power plant to be located north of Port Augusta in South Australia. It is planned to generate 150MW of electricity after it is completed in 2020. Storage capacity is up to 8 hours at full power. The facility is expected to produce 495 GWh of electricity annually. It is 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Port Augusta on Carriewerloo Station.[1]

Development timeline[edit]

The premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill announced on 14 August 2017 that construction would commence in 2018 and was expected to be completed in 2020. It is expected to cost A$650M to build, including a A$110M loan from the Federal Government. SolarReserve has a contract to supply all of the electricity required by the state government's offices from this power project.[2]

The plant received formal development approval from the state government on 9 January 2018. At that time, finance was not yet all in place, but SolarReserve still anticipated commencing construction in mid-2018 and taking 650 workers two and a half years to build it.[3]


  1. ^ Reid, Khama (15 August 2017). "Solar thermal power plant supporters and locals welcome greenlighting of Port Augusta project". ABC North and West. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Solar thermal power plant announced for Port Augusta 'biggest of its kind in the world'". ABC News. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  3. ^ Langenberg, Adam (9 January 2018). "SolarReserve's $650m Port Augusta solar plant receives development approval". The Advertiser. Retrieved 11 January 2018.