Whyalla Solar Oasis
The ‘Whyalla Solar Oasis’ is a special purpose vehicle established by N.P Power and Sustainable Power Partners, to develop a commercial scale 40MWe concentrating solar thermal power plant in Whyalla, South Australia.
The Whyalla Solar Oasis power plant will be developed with the assistance of $60m in funding provided by the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism under the Renewable Energy Development Program “REDP”.
N.P Power and Sustainable Power Partners formed a ‘Consortium’ with Wizard Power to utilise Wizard Power’s Big Dish solar technologies for this Project.
The Project will use 300 Big Dish solar thermal concentrators to generate 66GWh of electricity each year; enough electricity to power ~9,500 Australian homes and reduce GHG by 60,000 tonnes/year - an equivalent reduction of ~17,000 cars/year. The Project will deliver the first commercial scale concentrating solar thermal plant to dispatch power to the Australian electricity market and will also assist with the commercialisation of Wizard Power's Australian owned and developed Big Dish concentrating solar thermal technologies.