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Solar city – City-scale solar generation for Cloncurry, Australia

Posted in Models by fedwards on November 4th, 2007

As reported recently in Planet Ark World Environment News, the small town of Cloncurry in northern Queensland, Australia, plans to be the first fully-supplied by solar-power city in the world! The city will become home to a government supplied A$7 million (US$6.5 million), 10-megawatt power station to make Cloncurry one of the first towns to rely on solar power alone.

As reported in the article:
“The town of Cloncurry has long claimed the title of having recorded Australia’s hottest day — 53 degrees (Celsius) in the shade in 1889, so I reckon we’re on a winner,” Queensland Premier Anna Bligh was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press.

The solar plant will use 8,000 mirrors to reflect sunlight onto graphite blocks. Water will be pumped through the blocks to generate steam which generates electricity via turbines.

The Queensland government said the station would deliver about 30 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power the entire town. It is expected to be running by early 2010.”

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