Plans to build ‘world’s biggest solar plant’

Backed by nine Australian companies including top miners BHP Billiton Ltd and Rio Tinto, Australia’s biggest engineering company, Worley Parsons has launched a study into finding possible sites to host a $1 billion solar plant, it says could be built within three years.

Last year, the Federal Government set the target that renewable sources supply 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2020.

The proposal from Worley Parsons outlines plans to construct 34 of the 250-megawatt solar power stations in Australia by 2020.

Director of Worley Parson’s sustainability arm, Peter Meurs told the ABC the plan was ambitious but achievable, with each power station able to provide power for 300,000 homes.

WorleyParsons indicated the Pilbara could be a possible location for the thermal solar power station and that other potential areas could include, western Queensland, western New South Wales and parts of South Australia.

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