19 Jun 2011

Australia to build two major solar power stations

2:23 pm on 19 June 2011

The Australian Government has announced three quarters of a billion dollars in funding for two major solar power stations.

They will be built in Moree, New South Wales, and Chinchilla, Queensland reports the ABC.

Energy Minister Martin Ferguson says the two plants will have the capacity to power more than 115,000 homes at any one time - and the technology developed there will be able to be sold around the world.

"What you've got is a growth in energy demand throughout the world at the moment and renewables are being sought after," Mr Ferguson says, "so investment in this is potentially investment in a new export opportunity."

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has welcomed the announcement.

"We want Queensland to be the solar state of Australia and with this plant the solar future for Queensland is secured," she says. "It is a very big venture, it will generate jobs in a new clean, green energy field."

Construction is due to start next year.