The Australian Capital Territory Government and electricity, gas and solar retailer – ActewAGL – wanted to review solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies and identify the risks and costs for a proposed 22-megawatt plant.
Facilitating Decision Making
We conducted the pre-feasibility study for the plant. Its purpose was to investigate solar power generation technologies, identify an appropriate solar technology for the ACT, and establish the economic viability of a solar power facility.
Our study reported the long-run energy cost and identified solar resource availability. It also included environmental, planning and location issues. We identified possible sources and the level of funding necessary for a commercially-viable project.
Solar thermal technology was chosen because of its substantial operational record (more than 20 years), lower cost compared to other solar technologies, and use in new commercial plants in the USA and Europe.