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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    SUNSHINE STATE ON TRACK TO BECOME THE SOLAR STATE

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Stephen Robertson

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    SUNSHINE STATE ON TRACK TO BECOME THE SOLAR STATE

    Premier Anna Bligh welcomed the announcement in the Federal Budget that five Queensland projects have been shortlisted for funding under the Rudd Government’s $1.5 billion Solar Flagships initiative.

    The Premier and the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson today congratulated the companies which are among eight applicants now being considered for funding.

    “Queensland’s dominance of the shortlist demonstrates our State’s potential to lead the country in the development of renewable energy sources, particularly solar,” said the Premier.

    “This is recognition of our plan to ensure Queensland is a world leader in large scale solar energy production and utilisation.”

    “These kinds of large scale projects will go a long way to helping us double our use of solar energy over the next five years and become the solar state.”

    “We worked closely with all 21 Queensland based consortia that submitted funding proposals under the Solar Flagship Program because we are serious about developing a viable solar industry in the Sunshine State.”

    Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said the Rudd Government’s $1.5 billion Solar Flagship Program aims to support the construction of two large scale, grid-connected solar power stations in Australia, using solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies.

    “The Bligh Government is committed to creating a clean energy future by driving investment in solar energy.”

    “The eight shortlisted projects announced in the Federal Budget will now share in $15 million of Federal funding, to develop pre-feasibility studies, which will help inform the Rudd Government’s final decision on the two projects,” Mr Robertson said.

    “Our Government will continue to work closely with all shortlisted proponents as they further develop their proposals in preparation for the next stage of the process.”

    “I also acknowledge and thank all Queensland proponents for their substantial efforts to date in developing their proposals.”

    “I encourage all proponents to continue to work with the Office of Clean Energy to further develop their proposals for likely future rounds, as well as explore all other opportunities to deploy these world class technologies.”

    “The Queensland Government will continue to support energy efficiency measures and green technologies, to reduce Queensland’s carbon footprint,” he said.

    The five Queensland Projects shortlisted are:

    Solar photovoltaic

    • AGL Energy proposes a multi-site project using thin film cadmium telluride solar photovoltaic technology generating up to150MW at multiple sites across Australia including ACT, NSW, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia;

    Solar thermal

    • ACCIONA Energy Oceania proposes to generate 200MW using solar thermal parabolic trough technology at a single site in either Queensland or South Australia;
    • Parsons Brinckerhoff proposes to construct a 150MW solar thermal parabolic trough power station at Kogan Creek in Queensland;
    • Wind Prospect CWP proposes to use linear fresnel technology at Kogan Creek in Queensland to construct a 250MW power plant; and
    • Transfield proposes to convert the Collinsville coal-fired power station in Queensland into a 150MW solar thermal linear fresnel power plant.

    The Bligh Government is also encouraging Queensland families, businesses and community groups to do the bright thing by switching to solar and saving money on their electricity bills through a range of measures, including:

    -New Solar Hot Water Rebate ($1000 for pensioners and $600 for all others)

    -Solar Bonus Scheme (44 cents per megawatt of electricity generated which is fed back into the grid)

    -Solar grants available through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (up to $3.3 million per year available for not-for-profit community and sporting groups)

    Media Contact: Premier’s office 07 3224 4500 or Minister’s office 07 3224 7332