Port Augusta solar project to protect Aboriginal heritage

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SolarReserve has taken the next step in the development of the $650 million Aurora Solar Energy Project by signing a Heritage Agreement with the native title holders, represented by the Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation.

The 150MW project, located north of Port Augusta in South Australia, will be the world’s biggest solar thermal plant.

The agreement establishes a long-term relationship as part of the development, construction and operation of the Aurora Solar Energy Project.

“SolarReserve is excited to be working together with the Barngarla People to deliver our Aurora project with the least impact on Aboriginal heritage,” SolarReserve senior vice president of development Tom Georgis said.

“We see this as the start of a strong ongoing partnership, which recognises the importance of Aboriginal heritage in developing large scale projects.”

As part of this relationship, SolarReserve and the Barngarla will work together to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage through all phases of the Aurora project. SolarReserve will also incorporate cultural awareness training as part of the induction program for its contractors, subcontractors and employees.

Construction of the facility will begin in 2018 and is expected to be complete by 2020.