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Solar Oasis Sets Out To Bust Some Solar Myths
22nd March 2012
It is clear that the Solar Oasis consortium behind the 40MW “big dish” solar thermal plant planned for Whyalla are taking an innovative approach to financing and to the energy markets in general. And energy retailers and aspiring solar developers should probably take note. Read the full story online ...
Australia's Big Dish Project Moves Ahead
21st March 2012
Australia's 40MW dish project has signed off on a crucial grant, setting the utility-scale concentrated solar power project into motion. Giles Parkinson in New South Wales reports.. Read the full story online ...
$230m Whyalla Solar Dish Project Signs Funding Deed
21st March 2012
The $230 million Solar Oasis solar thermal project in Whyalla has taken a significant step forward after finally sealing a funding deed with the federal Government over a $60 million grant. Read the full story online...
South Australia's SolarOasis A Step Closer
20th March 2012
A $230 million solar power project situated at Whyalla in South Australia has moved closer to completion after the signing of a funding deed between the consortium developing it and the Commonwealth government. Read the full story online...
South Australia's 40MW 'Big Dish' Secures Federal Funds
20th March 2012
South Australia is a step closer to hosting a 40MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant after the consortium behind the project signed a deal to access A$60m ($63m) through the federal Renewable Energy Development Program (REDP). Read the full story online...
Solar Oasis Project Signed Off
15th March 2012
The development of a $230 million solar oasis project is a step closer to completion. A funding deed has been signed by the private sector consortium, Sustainable Power Partners and the Commonwealth government.. Read the full story online...
The Clean Technology Showcase
On 18 August 2011, Australia's leading clean technology companies were showcased at an event launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr. The Clean Technology Showcase presented work from innovative Australian companies who are already at the cutting edge of new green technologies. This Department of Innovation video showcases some of those companies including Wizard Power.
The Clean Technology Showcase
18 August 2011
Wizard Power today took part in a showcase of Australia's leading clean technology companies. The Clean Technology Showcase was launched by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr. The Clean Technology Showcase presented work from innovative Australian companies who are already at the cutting edge of new green technologies. Read the full press release ... or view the story online ....
Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Tacking Climate Change
9 August 2011The Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Simon Crean MP, visited South Australia on 9 August 2011 and saw at firsthand some of the renewable energy and carbon farming projects that are being introduced to help tackle climate change. Read the full story online...
Whyalla Region Tackling Climate Change
9th August 2011
The Hon. Simon Crean MP, Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government visits Whyalla and the site of the Whyalla Solar Oasis. Read the full press release ...
Smart Grid Australia: What to watch
26th July 2011Read the full story online ...
WIPO Assigns Patent to Wizard Power for "Vapour Only Cycling of Heat Transfer Fluid for the Thermal Storage of Solar Energy" (Australian Inventor)
9th January 2011Read the full story online ...
WIPO Publishes Wizard Power Patent Application
6th January 2011The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today published Wizard Power's patent application for Vapour Only Cycling of Heat Transfer Fluid for the Thermal Storage of Solar Energy. This patent describes a new way of using superheated steam to transport solar energy at very high temperatures from a distributed field of solar thermal collectors to a centralised molten salt thermal storage system. Download the media release ...
Back Whyalla by backing our solar project
13th September 2010A scheme is being discussed which will support the development of the $230 million Whyalla Solar Oasis project.
Councillor Eddie Hughes said the scheme would give Whyalla residents and other South Australian communities the chance to help support the project.
"We have had discussions with the retail arm of the private sector consortium that will build the solar thermal project about residents in Whyalla and elsewhere purchasing accredited green energy," Cr Hughes said.
Read the full story online...
Here comes the sun
21st July 2010
LHMU delegates in Whyalla are looking forward to their town becoming a shining light in solar power. Read the full story online ...
Solar power technology heats up
13th June 2010
Wizard Power is featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Inside Business program. Watch the story at ABC Online ...
Wizard Power on CleanTech TV
Wizard Power Business Development Manager Artur Zawadski is interviewed by Giles Parkinson on CleanTech TV.
Wizard to Seek Debt, Equity Funding for Australia Solar Project
18th May 2010
Wizard Power, an Australian solar technology company, said it will seek debt and equity financing in addition to government funding to develop a power plant at the town of Whyalla in South Australia state. Read the whole article at Bloomberg.com ...
Whyalla's significant bragging rights
17th May 2010
Budget funding helps huge solar project get underway
14th May 2010
South Australia is set to become home to the country's largest solar thermal power farm.
Clean energy company, Wizard Power, will spend $230 million building 300 of the world's largest solar dishes at Whyalla, on upper Spencer Gulf. Read the whole article at ABC Rural Online ...
Federal $60m top up paves way for Whyalla Solar Oasis
14th May 2010
The Federal Government's commitment of $60 million to the Whyalla Solar Oasis project has been welcomed in Whyalla, the Whyalla News reports.
ABC News reports the plant is to be operated by Wizard Power and will supply the city of Whyalla and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 60,000 tonnes per year. Read the whole article at In Business South Australia ...
Australia's largest solar plant at Whyalla
13th May 2010
WHYALLA will have the nation's largest solar power plant within three years.
In total, 300 parabolic dishes will collect and concentrate solar energy, producing enough electricity to power 9500 homes and reduce greenhouse gases by 60,000 tonnes a year - equal to taking 17,000 cars off the road. Read the whole article at Adelaide Now...
Australia Grants Dish CSP Firm AU $60M
12th May 2010
Canberra, Australia -- Australia's Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson, has reportedly announced a Commonwealth grant of AU $60 million [US $53.7 million] under the Renewable Energy Development Program to assist the development of the 40-megawatt (MW) Whyalla Solar Oasis concentrating solar power plant. Read the whole article at RenewableEnergyWorld.com ...
Australia steps up plans for hemisphere's largest solar farm
12th May 2010
The largest solar energy farm in the southern hemisphere is to be built in the South Australian steel city of Whyalla after a consortium led by the US-based National Power (NP) was awarded a A$60m grant from the Australian government. Read the whole article at businessGreen.com ...
Two largescale solar projects receive $92m government money
12th May 2010
The federal government said it has awarded $92 million to two large-scale solar energy demonstration projects to help accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. Read the whole artical at Ethical Investor ...
Australia's Biggest Renewable Energy Project pushes Investment Over $10 Billion
12th May 2010
The Australian Government will commit a further $652.5 million over four years to establish a Renewable Energy Future Fund to support Australia's response to climate change. Read the whole article at Solar Thermal Magazine ...
World's Leading Baseload Solar Power Station for Australia
Australia?s Biggest Ever Renewable Energy Roll-Out
11th May 2010
The Australian Government made major announcements in support of the renewable energy sector in the 2010-11 budget. This included the announcement that the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy would provide $60 million in funding under the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program for the Whyalla Solar Oasis, which will use Wizard Power's Big Dish technology. Read the Minister's Press Release
Shortlist Revealed For Stage 2 of Solar Facility Project
16th December 2009
The ACT Government has decided to proceed to the next stage of the ACT's solar facility project by inviting 10 proponents to develop and provide detailed proposals for assessment, Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell announced today. Whole article...
Big Dish Takes Shape
21st September 2009
The assembling of Wizard Power's Big Dish for the $14.5 million demonstration solar power plant has begun, and will be completed by August next year. Whole article...
Is Solar Power the Future for Whyalla?
3rd September 2009
MARK COLVIN: In South Australia, Whyalla is known as a steel city, with iron-ore mines nearby, and steelworks historically providing the lion's share of the town's employment.
But if iron and steel employed 5,000 people at their peak in the mid-70s, now the figure's down below 2,000. So could Whyalla now go from steel to solar? Whole interview...
Jobs, Economic Boom for Whyalla
19th August 2009
At least 200 jobs will be created in Whyalla if a proposal to build an 80 MW solar energy storage plant gets crucial Federal Government funding.
Canberra-based Wizard Power, which will complete a $15 million demonstration plant in Whyalla by July next year, has applied for $100 million in funding under the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program. Whole article...
80MW Base Load Thermal Solar Station Proposed for Whyalla
Wizard Power has formed a consortium with N.P Power Pty Ltd and Sustainable Power Partners Pty Ltd to build a $355 million 80MW solar power plant at Whyalla in South Australia.
The Federal Government is being asked to approve funding through the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program to allow this project to proceed. Whole article...
1st April 2009
Whyalla is in the race for a $300 million solar project. According to deputy mayor Eddie Hughes, Whyalla is now in the running for a major, internationally-significant concentrating solar thermal project as a result of its longstanding support of the development of the Australian National University and Wizard Power Big Dish technology. Whole article...
Dishing Out New Solar Power
13th February 2009
By utilising Australia?s richest source of energy, Wizard Power's Big Dish solar technologies are leading the world in providing clean, continuous energy rain, hail or shine. Whole article...
Selling the Sun to the World
9th November 2008
A Canberra company is in talks with an Indian group to build what would be the largest solar plant in the world at an irrigation development in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Wizard Power, which is marketing technology developed at the Australian National University, is in negotiation for a solar plant five times as large as the world's biggest plant at Nevada in the United States. Whole article...
Murrumburrah's Part in 'Big Dish' Green Power
28th August 2008
Heat from the sun will soon be providing electricity for homes in rural and regional Australia, 24 hours a day, if an experimental solar thermal generator designed by scientists and engineers at the Australian National University proves successful. Whole article...
Dishing Out New Power
5th June 2008
In a significant milestone, the foundations for the world's largest solar dish were poured only 48 hours ago at an Australian National University site. Whole article...
The Pace Heats Up On Australian Solar Initiatives
By some estimates, every year the sun provides approximately 10,000 times the energy we use. Local voices have consistently argued that while Australia may lead in developing solar know-how, implementation is a sadder story. But there are local stirrings? Whole article...
Solar First for Whyalla
17th March 2008
The world's first renewable energy power station capable of producing electricity 24 hours a day will be lighting up homes in Whyalla by the end of next year. Renewable energy company Wizard Power will start construction of a solar thermal power station in October and will begin providing electricity from next July. Whole article...
We're Off To See The Wizard - Storing Energy Using Ammonia
There were a couple of small Australian solar power projects that I left out of my look at solar thermal power a little while ago, as I thought they were worthy of separate consideration.
The first of these is being put together by a South Australian company called Wizard Power, which is trying to commercialise research from the Australian National University (ANU) - a solar concentrator dish and a closed loop thermochemical energy storage system using ammonia. Whole article...
A world-leading baseload solar power station for Australia? Providing power 24 hours a day
$7.4m of Federal Government money is going into a concentrating solar thermal power plant with integrated solar energy storage near Whyalla in South Australia. The project will demonstrate a solar energy storage solution that, when combined with highly concentrated solar power, can deliver emission free, multi-megawatt baseload or on-demand peak electricity generation. Whole article...
Solar Thermal Power Whyalla
At Whyalla, work is being carried out on a project to combine a solar powered collection system with a very clever energy storage system. This project will deliver emission free, multi-megawatt base load or on-demand peak electricity generation in 2009. Whole article...