SolarReserve has opened two new offices in South Australia just weeks after receiving development approval for its Aurora Solar Energy Project.
Construction of the 150MW solar thermal power station, to be located 30km north of Port Augusta, is expected to commence by mid-2018.
The large-scale solar developer has opened its Australian headquarters in Adelaide and a field office in Port Augusta.
SolarReserve’s SVP of development Tom Georgis revealed the company hopes to build six thermal projects in the state over the next decade.
“We are targeting a large percentage of the sourcing and services value for the Aurora project to come from South Australia in the construction phase, which will support an exciting new industry,” Mr Georgis said.
“The Aurora project is part of a much bigger picture for South Australia.
“The field office in Port Augusta will serve as a conduit for local workers and businesses to participate in the Aurora project and for SolarReserve to maximise local opportunities.
“The Aurora team encourages the local community to visit the new office to learn more about the project and discuss opportunities.”
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said Port Augusta is a “symbol of South Australia’s transition from old to new”.
“South Australia is leading the world in renewable energy technologies and SolarReserve’s solar thermal power plant is one of the world’s most exciting projects,” Mr Weatherill said.