AGL backs solar thermal plants with Liddell move

AGL Energy will construct a small-scale solar thermal storage project at its Liddell coal site in NSW as it seeks to develop a string of new generation sources to replace capacity once the plant shuts in early 2023.

The power giant has combined with Melbourne technology group RayGen to build the $27m storage project which uses mirrors to capture sunlight with energy stored in water reservoirs and converted to electricity through a turbine.

The first 3 megawatt or 50 megawatt hour phase will be located in Victoria’s Carwarp, near Mildura, with a second stage planned for the Liddell site in NSW.

AGL has already proposed a series of investments at Liddell to transform the site into a storage facility including a big battery and waste to energy facility.

Read the full article published in the Gold Coast Bulletin 8th June 2021